Thursday, February 11, 2010

PERSONALITY PROFILE : Mrs. Doreen Owusu-Fianko, Managing Director - Ghana Airports Company Limited.

Mrs. Doreen Owusu-Fianko is the Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited. Mrs. Owusu-Fianko is an aviation and tourism expert with over 30 years of industry experience. In addition to her role as the Managing Director, she also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Airports Company.

Mrs. Owusu-Fianko as Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company manages the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the regional airports namely Kumasi, Tamale, Sunyani as well as various airstrips across the country.

In her capacity as the Managing Director of GACL, she is responsible for the formulation and implementation of strategic policy for airports development in Ghana.

Mrs. Owusu-Fianko is also responsible for ensuring the technical and operational activities are in accordance with ICAO stipulations. Her responsibility is to ascertain also the delivery of programmes for effective safety and security, to ensure management of airports on sound commercial basis, as well as reviewing financial and operational performance and implementing remedial action. She also engages in developing an effective management team to deliver company vision, maintaining good communications with all stakeholders and ensuring Ghana Airports achieve corporate social responsibility objectives. Kotoka International Airport is being positioned to become the hub of West Africa in direct competition with other key West African airports.

The airports management company is providing a face lift to the airport and following this up with strong marketing strategies and on-line resources. Ghana?s airports are being positioned to grow in line with the growth in Ghana?s economy. Mrs. Owusu-Fianko has a task of ensuring the placement of Ghana airports among the leading airports in Africa. She has served diligently at Ghana Airways holding various positions including Director of Corporate Planning as well as Marketing.

During this period she was attached to the Corporate Planning Department of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority for a period of six months under a World Bank restructuring program. Thereafter she was assigned on secondment to the tourism sector as one of the first Directors at the newly created Ministry of Tourism after which she became the Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourist Board. Mrs. Owusu-Fianko went back to Ghana Airways for about five years till the liquidation of the airline.

She was educated at the Wesley Girls High School, one of Ghana?s most prestigious colleges. Mrs. Owusu-Fianko studied Economics at the University of Ghana in Legon. Mrs. Owusu-Fianko is driven by a personal desire to continue to use her immense experience and expertise for the development of the Aviation and Tourism industries in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

SOURCE:  Aviation and Allied Business Journal Online.

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