Vivo Energy’s Shirley Tony Kum named among top 10 Women in PR 2021


Vivo Energy Ghana’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shirley Tony Kum, has been named among Ghana’s Top 10 Women in Public Relations (PR) in the fifth edition of the Women in PR Ghana ranking. Shirley has been recognised for this honour the fourth time in a row among other great PR minds in the industry.

The Women in PR Ghana ranking recognizes public relations professionals who demonstrate value, agility and digital savviness in order to project their contribution to the industry and their respective companies.

“Shirley is that light that keeps shining in all corners. The year 2021 has been another remarkable and impactful career journey for Shirley and her organisation, as reflected in their projects, campaigns and recognitions.

From driving her company’s National Road Safety Campaign, dubbed ‘Stop, Think & Drive’ to launching the Vivo Energy Community Digital Literacy Project and International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations, we can appreciate the communications function’s strategic role at Vivo Energy Ghana. Her work also highlights several activities targetted at their employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders.

Shirley has led Vivo Energy Ghana (Shell Licencee) to win several awards and accolades, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Ghana Oil and Gas Awards in 2021; and their Stop, Think, & Drive Road Safety Campaign being adjudged winner of the Vivo Energy Group’s Reputation Award Category.

Other recognition won by her company include winning the Employee Communications Category of the 2020 SABRE Awards at the African Public Relations Association (APRA) Conference in September 2021, and being adjudged the Most Promising Organisation in Learning and Development Practice at the 2021 HR Focus Awards.

Shirley continues to shine her light as an all-around senior communications executive through mentorship and speaking engagements. She has spoken at a number of events including the Today’s Woman Empowerment Summit, Africa Corporate Lounge, UKGCC Press Freedom Day roundtable event, and mentored a number of young professionals at the Agrihouse Foundation AG-STUD Africa Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Boot camp, among others.

In the year under review Shirley was appointed a member of the Governing Council of African University College of Communications (AUCC), and continues to serve as Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana.

“Shirley has demonstrated a solid record of accomplishment in effectively managing Vivo Energy Ghana’s reputation by demonstrating a deeper understanding of the synergy between the PR function and sales growth. With all these achievements and more in the year 2021, we are proud to name her one of our top 10 women,” the recognition announcement stated.

Commenting on the award Shirley, congratulated her fellow Women in PR and said: “I am really humbled by this recognition, and I thank God for this feat.  I see this as a challenge to do more for our profession, organisation, partners and the entire PR ecosystem that supports our growth. Communications is an enabler for organisational growth, and may this recognition inspire us to achieve business excellence while creating shared value for our stakeholders, including communities where we operate”.

She also commended the Women in PR Ghana Team and urged them to keep up the good work.

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