Visa Inc Appoints Nigerian Woman Oluwakemi Okunsanya As New General Manager For West Africa

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Oluwakemi Okunsanya

September 6, 2017 – Visa Inc Appoints Nigerian Woman Oluwakemi Okunsanya As New General Manager For West Africa

Global payment processing firm, Visa Inc has appointed a Nigerian woman as its new GM for West Africa.

Oluwakemi Okunsanya appointment which took effect on the 1st of September 2017 was announced in a statement released by the company yesterday.

The official statement said;

“Okunsanya, in her role, would lead the team based in Lagos to drive core business growth in Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“She would be responsible for the overall strategy in the region, including building long-term relationships with clients, regulators and other key stakeholders to drive the adoption of cashless payments.”

The president, Visa Sub Saharan Africa, Andrew Torre, said:

We are excited to welcome Oluwakemi to the Visa team. She is a local manager with a proven record of success working with a broad range of stakeholders in the financial services industry, including with regulators and financial institutions.

“She is also a strong and successful people leader. Nigeria is one of the most enthusiastic and successful adopters of technology in Africa, presenting huge opportunities for us to digitise commerce and connect millions more people to the global economy. Okusanya joins us at a great time to help drive Nigeria’s move away from cash into more reliable, secure and innovative forms of payments.”

Speaking on her appointment, the new GM said:

“Visa’s promise is to bring the benefits of electronic payments to everyone, everywhere. Nowhere is that a more exciting challenge than in Nigeria and the wider region, where we have a wonderful opportunity to combine technology and partnerships with a broad range of people to drive truly transformational change in the way that the economy transacts.”