Uche Ofodile, the Regional Head, Africa for Express Wi-Fi, Facebook, has been named among the world’s top 50 women to watch in 2017 within the global telecommunication industry by one of the leading telecoms magazine in the world Global Telecoms Business.
This year’s list, which includes CEOs, CTOs, CMOs, research chiefs, regulators, politicians and others leading the telecoms business, were nominated by top notched experts and players in the telecommunications industry.
The nomination of Uche Ofodile as one of the world’s telecom top executive comes as no surprise to many industry players on the African continent, as she has in so many ways played a sterling role in most of her top executive positions held to shape and steer the affairs of the development of telecommunication on the African continent.
Before joining Facebook in February 2017, Ofodile, who was then the Chief Executive Officer at Tigo DRC, has successfully turned the fortune of Tigo DRC around by rebuilding the company’s business strategy and also striking partnership with Facebook that witnessed the provision of free data access to new subscribers. Prior to that, she was chief marketing officer of Vodafone Ghana, as well as chief commercial officer with MTS.
Currently in her new role as the regional Head, Africa for Express Wi-Fi, Facebook, Uche is charged with helping expand connectivity to underserved locations around through the world through Wifi.
Uche Ofodile joins two other distinguished African women, including the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne Nigeria, Funke Opeke, and MTN Cameroon’s Chief Executive Officer, Philisiwe Gugulethu Sibiya, to make it to this year’s Global Telecoms Business fifty (50) women to watch list.
Uche who is passionate about supporting Africa’s next crop of leaders and has over the years championed strongly the course for women empowerment through ‘forward leadership’ and has for the past decade been at the forefront in driving business turnarounds for top multi-national companies across Africa. She believes that forward leadership is about pulling people up to sit at the table and contribute in a meaningful way that impacts positively on people, businesses and the continent.
“It is about making people understand the importance of looking at the bigger picture. It is also about advancing the needs of businesses and ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of the people that work within the organization. We also have a responsibility to improve the living standards in the communities where we operate,” she said.