The Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of technical operations at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Opoku Ahweneeh Danquah has been named the substantive Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Ahweneeh Danquah will succeed Kofi Koduah Sarpong, who is set to step down as GNPC’s Chief Executive this week after five years in the position.

Profile of Opoku Ahweneeh Danquah

Danquah has over 18 years of experience in strategy across multiple businesses, with most of his focus on, but not limited to, oil and gas. He joined GNPC from Vallourec, where he managed the North American strategy, development and innovation team.

Before this, Ahweneeh Danquah held senior management positions at BHGE (Baker Hughes) and General Electric. Prior to that, he was on the advisory board and also the global strategic marketing manager for Schlumberger’s upstream consulting arm SBC.

Interestingly, this was the consultancy that put in place GNPC’s current operational framework, post-Jubilee oil production. Danquah also held a director role at Hart Energy, where he helped to establish the firm’s consulting and research group.

His professional tenure also includes work for Wood Mackenzie, IHS CERA, Euromoney Institutional Investor and Bank of America.

He is the author of various industry publications, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College in the United States, with a minor in French.

He also holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, where his study focused on both international business and international relations. Mr. Danquah completed the strategy coursework for his Master’s degree at Harvard Business School.

He is an alumnus of Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC, Legon), and represented the school in the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ).

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