GHANA – Guinness Ghana Breweries Plc, the country’s only total beverage company, has appointed Sylvia Owusu-Ankomah as its new Corporate Relations Director.

Sylvia will replace Gabriel Opoku-Asare who was recently appointed as Head of Society by Guinness Ghana’s parent company Diageo.

She joins the Guinness family with 14 years of experience working with multinational organizations in corporate affairs, crisis and reputation management, policy advocacy and compliance, reports GhanaWeb.

Among her notable achievements in previously held position, she most recently spearheaded the successful regulatory approvals for Ghana’s first telecommunications merger between Bharti Airtel and Millicom, the parent company of Tigo.

In the merged entity – AirtelTigo, she was appointed to lead on Government and Community Relations.

Prior to that she was a leadership team member responsible for Government and Regulatory Affairs at Tigo and has now carved a niche for herself as an expert in this area.

Sylvia previously worked with MTN, (Scancom Ghana Limited) and the Volta River Authority.

She is also currently a Board member of the Ghana Investment for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the Ghana Innovations Hub under the Ministry of Communications.

Sylvia, who is currently pursuing an LLB with the University of London, holds an MBA in Management from the Coventry University – UK, and is an alumnus of the University of Ghana.

The Managing Director of Guinness Ghana, Gavin Pike commended her for the appointment saying “We are really excited to have Sylvia join our team with her wealth of experience and knowledge.

“She has the right mindset to support our ambition to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in Ghana, which is very critical”.

Sylvia will bring her expertise to provide leadership for the company’s public policy, sustainability and corporate communications efforts to help Guinness Ghana achieve its ambitions.

Meanwhile, its parent company – Diageo – has rolled out a global new family leave policy applicable to employees across its business, as part of its leading work to create a fully inclusive and diverse workforce. 

The new global policy offers female employees in all markets a minimum of 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leave.

The company said that the new policy will go live in most countries at the start of Diageo’s new financial year, from the 1st July 2019, with further countries to implement the policy over the course of the year.

Currently, 40% of Diageo’s Executive Committee and 44% of Diageo’s Board are women as part of the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse working environment.