Country Head and Senior Vice President of Olam Ghana, Mr. Amit Agrawal, has been named CEO of the Year (Business Person of the Year) – Agribusiness Sector at the 2019 Ghana CEO Summit in Accra.
The Ghana CEO Summit is a high-profile business leadership forum that attracts Chief Executives, Heads of State, policy makers and investors, and is committed to unlocking the country’s potential by championing private sector-led growth and leading discussions around innovative public policies and best growth-oriented business practices.
The two-day Summit, which attracted more than 400 CEOs from across Africa, was hosted by the Ghana CEO Network on the theme ‘The Futuristic Economy: Technology-Driven Future of Business and Governance for Economic Transformation’. It was opened by the Vice-President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The CEO Excellence Awards recognise individuals who exemplify business excellence, leadership and vision. Candidates must also demonstrate a high standard of ethical practices and professionalism, and promote investment and job-creation in Ghana.
Mr. Agrawal received the ‘CEO of the Year’ award in recognition of his achievements in business leadership in West Africa – covering trading, logistics, manufacturing and supply chain distribution in the agri-business and food industry over the past 20 years.
Commenting on the award, Mr. Agrawal explained that the successes achieved by Olam Ghana were due to the hard work and dedication of his team.
“This award is not just for me but the entire team who work diligently all year round to ensure we fulfil our goals and positively impact people’s lives across the country,” he said.
He added that Olam’s success in Ghana has been based on delivering value to farmers, consumers and customers through efficient operational capabilities and a long-term commitment to develop Ghana’s agricultural supply chains.
Olam Ghana, a subsidiary of Olam International, is now in its 25th year and has grown to become one of the leading agro-commodity companies in the country. It is ranked among the largest private Licenced Buying Companies in Ghana’s cocoa sector, and is the leading exporter of cashew. In 2012, Olam set up a new state-of-the-art wheat flour mill in Tema and became one of the country’s leading millers.
Olam Ghana also operates a tomato-paste processing and canning plant and an ultra-modern biscuit manufacturing facility. The tomato-paste factory has one of the largest installed capacities in West Africa, and is one of few in world with can-making and canning modules under one roof.