Visa Inc., a global payment company, has appointed Oluwakemi Okunsanya as its new general manager for West Africa.
The appointment takes effect from September 1.
A statement by the company on Tuesday said Okunsanya joined Visa from MoneyGram International, where she was head of Anglophone Africa.
The 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.”