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Mr Daniel AcheampongChief Executive Officer - Mr Daniel Acheampong

Dan Acheampong is the Chief Executive Officer of VALCO and has held this position since January 2014. Dan is a Human Resource practitioner by profession and prior to assuming this top position at VALCO had had over 28 years of contemporary experience in the field of Human Resource Management and Leadership.

Dan has since becoming the CEO leveraged all his internal and external influences to bring about increased confidence, commitment and goodwill of major stakeholders towards VALCO’s operations and in particular the Company’s status as the anchor for the implementation of Ghana’s Integrated Aluminium industry. He leads the VALCO smelter.

Dan graduated with First Class Honours Degree in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, (UGBS) in 1984, majoring in Management. With over 28 years of contemporary experience in Human Resource Management and Leadership, prior to becoming the CEO, Dan holds a global perspective of issues, given his solid professional/executive post-graduate credentials obtained from the Business Schools of the University of Michigan, Harvard University and, the Centre for Creative Leadership, all in the United States of America. Productivity occupies a pride of place in his heart, thanks to his course of study at the Botswana National Institute of Productivity.

He joined VALCO in 1987 and worked in various capacities in human resources including Personnel Services, Safety, Employee and Community Relations. He became the Director of Human Resources and Administration of VALCO in May 2005 and in December 2010 was elevated to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Human Resources and Administration, Public and Legal Affairs.

Prior to joining VALCO, Dan, with his impressive background in Contract, Administrative and Company Law, had worked for over 3 years as Administrative/Investigations Officer with the Office of the Ombudsman, now Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Dan was elected President of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners, Ghana (IHRMP) in November 2007 and served two, two-year terms of office, having been the Institute’s Vice-President earlier on.

Dan is a practicing Catholic and is happily married to Kate. They have two children, namely, Yasmine and Nhyira.

image placeholderDeputy C.E.O, Operations - Mr George Essel Dodd

George Essel Dodd is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Operations at VALCO. George, a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology joined VALCO in August 1986 as Production Supervisor. George has since held a number of positions in the Company and rose through the ranks to become Area Manager for the Cell Lines (Production).

In his current position as the Deputy CEO (Operations), George leads the entire production teams in the three main operational areas of the VALCO Smelter comprising the Carbon Plant which produces carbon anodes (a major input to the reduction process), the Cell Lines (where the actual manufacturing of aluminium takes place), the Cast House (which receives molten metal from the Cell Lines for sale to local customers and for value addition and casting for export. George also has responsibility for the Technical Department which is responsible for quality control and process development and monitoring.

George, has undertaken a number of operational and technical projects in cathode development and pot construction. In the production areas George has undertaken a number of temporary work assignments with some of Kaiser’s plants in the United States of America where he also provided technical support for their operations. Notable amongst them was providing assistance to the Kaiser Mead Plant in Mead, Spokane and the Division Technical in the construction of cells in line with the Company’s Technology programme.

Prior to his current position, George functioned as the Deputy CEO in charge of Power and Integrated Business and played a pivotal and pioneering role in championing the preparatory works for the development of a captive Power Plant for VALCO’s operations. He also worked with senior government officials and a number of potential investors towards the initiation of Ghana’s Integrated Aluminium Industry project. Currently, as the Deputy CEO (Operations) he has acted on a number of occasions for the Chief Executive Officer in his absence. He is married to Emma and has four children; a boy and three girls.


Robert Makila Sambian is Deputy Head of Finance Department. He is a Chartered Accountant with a decade of experience in the aluminium industry. Robert joined VALCO as a National Service Person in 2006 and left, following completion of the program in July 2007, for the University of Stellenbosch Business School to pursue a Master’s degree program in Development Finance with Research Assistantship from the Africagrowth Institute, South Africa. As a Research Assistant, Robert worked on a number of projects on investment climate in Africa. He was also involved in the quarterly publications of the South African Business Confidence Index (BCI) and became a co-author of a book entitled: “Voices of Success: Cases from African Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises”.

Robert would later return to build a career in finance. He re-joined VALCO in January 2011 after a brief stint, as an accountant, at Grand Oak Limited, a subsidiary of Lexcel Group, Nigeria. At VALCO, Robert has contributed in leadership and various technical roles ranging from strategic financial planning and analysis to financial reporting, taxation, market intelligence and pension benefits administration. Robert also Heads the Company’s Tender Review Committee and the Market Intelligence Unit and has served as Administrator of the in-house Pensions Fund Schemes for many years.

Robert has attended a number of international aluminium industry-relevant conferences/seminars and has keenly been following and evaluating aluminium and associated raw materials market basics and tendencies as well as associations between commodities and other macroeconomic indicators in the aluminium and its associated raw materials industry, allowing the Company to optimize benefits from the highs and lows of the markets. Through the market research and financial analysis, Robert has been playing an instrumental role as part of a Team for key contract negotiations and advocacy for key policy initiatives. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (First Class Honours) from the University of Ghana and a Master of Business Administration in Finance (Distinction) from Coventry University, UK. He is a Fellow at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK.

image placeholderDirector of Human Resources & Administration - Mr. Festus Badu Quaidoo

Festus Badu Quaidoo is the Director of Human Resource & Administration. His career as a Human Resource professional spans a period of about 25 years with extensive experience in managing human resource functions at the unit, sectional and organizational levels; having initially worked with the Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO) as Compensation/Benefits Specialist – a Senior Manager role, and subsequently re-engaged at the executive management level.

Prior to his re-engagement at VALCO, Festus was the General Manager, Human Resource & Administration at Global Speciality Oils & Fats (GSOF) Limited, Tema. He joined GSOF from Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Limited where he was the General Manager, Human Resource & Administration and exercised leadership and managerial responsibility for the HR functions.

Before his association with TOR, Festus was the Head of Human Resource at Merchant Bank (Ghana) Limited; now Universal Merchant Bank. He was later appointed as the Head of Learning & Development with primary accountability for planning and managing training/development programmes and other job-related learning interventions in support of the Bank’s business objectives.

He holds an Executive MBA with speciality in Human Resource Management from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon and a B.A (Hons) Degree in Sociology also from the University of Ghana, Legon. Festus is a Member of the Board of Directors of Greenline Logistics Limited.

image placeholderDirector of Logistics - Dr. Loveland Dela Agbo

Dr. Loveland Dela Agbo is a Supply Chain Management professional with over twenty-five year’s industrial experience in material and related activities. He has been responsible for the cost-effective management of materials from their source to meet the operational needs of the various organizations he worked for and therefore has numerous cost-reduction achievements credited to his advantage.

Dela holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from the Swiss Management Centre University. His first degree was in Business Administration (Management Option) and his second degree in Executive Master of Business Administration (Marketing Option) all from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon.

In professional life, Dela holds a professional qualification in Procurement and Supply Management from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply-UK (CIPS) and is now a Fellow of the Institute- FCIPS. Dela is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK – CMILT; and a Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, USA. Dela served as the Vice-Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, Ghana Branch from 2008 to 2010 and became the substantive Branch Chairman between 2010 and March 2014, during which CIPS, Ghana Branch successfully hosted the first ever CIPS Pan African Conference to be held outside of South Africa.

Dela is an adjunct lecturer in Supply Chain Management and related subjects - Logistics, Procurement and Materials Management etc., at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He has also performed consultancy services for a number of institutions such as GIMPA. He was very instrumental in the training of Public Procurement Practitioners for the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

EKGDirector of Information & Communication Technology - Mr. Emmanuel Kojo Gyan Arhin

Emmanuel Kojo Gyan Arhin is the Director, Information and Communication Technology Department at Volta Aluminium Company Limited.

Emmanuel holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and a Master of Business Administration (Information Technology Management) from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

He has over 30 years’ experience in Systems Development, Supporting and Managing Information Systems and Business Process Re-engineering. Prior to joining VALCO, Emmanuel worked as a Lecturer in the Computer Science Department, at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi where he lectured in various courses in programming and Information Systems in addition to working as Analyst/Programmer in the University’s Finance Office from 1982 up till 1988.

Emmanuel later moved to the National Petrochemicals Company (NAPETCO), a subsidiary of the National Oil Company in Libya where he worked for three years as a Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst. He was responsible for the setting up of a number of Information Systems and training users on a newly acquired IBM System/36 at NAPETCO.

Emmanuel moved back to Ghana to join VALCO in 1991 as a Systems Programmer. Since then he has moved steadily to the position of MIS Specialist, Area Manager and most recently Director of the re-designated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department.

Emmanuel has enormous experience in the development and support of Finance and Accounting Systems, Purchasing/Warehouse Systems, Maintenance Management Systems and Human Resource/Payroll Systems. His experience in teaching has helped in developing his training skills and has conducted corporate and specialized training for a variety of audience. He has managed, led and actively participated in the planning and implementation of information systems in all the 3 organizations he has worked in.

He has for several years been an adjunct lecturer in the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Legon; Regional Maritime University, Accra; and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He has contributed immensely to academia through the teaching of various undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising students’ projects and thesis.

fobDirector of Technical - Mr. Francis Opoku-Boateng

Francis Opoku-Boateng is the Director in charge of Technical Services at Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO).

Francis holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (Project Management option) from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. 

He has almost 30 years’ extensive background and work experience in the Aluminium Industry. He joined VALCO in 1990 to undertake his National Service after which he was employed in the Cell Lines-Technical Department as a Process Engineer. He was promoted as a Senior Process Engineer (Manager) in 2001 and moved to Carbon-Technical Department to be in charge of the section. During the current restart in 2010, he was transferred to Carbon Operations Department and promoted as Area Manager in 2011 and became the Director, responsible for the Department effective 2014. Then in December 2018, he moved again to Technical Department as the Director in charge of Technical Services.

Francis is goal-oriented individual with strong leadership capabilities. He has several years’ experience in training, development and team building as well as quality/process control systems. He is a resourceful Technical Project Professional and for several years has been very instrumental in numerous technical projects implemented at VALCO. He leverages on his solid analytical skills, Production and Technical background to manage the Technical Department to provide accurate and timely data and information to the Plant for the effective operation of Cell Lines and all other production areas in a way that is consistent with the values, principles and targets in the VALCO Business Plan.

Francis is currently a member of Ghana Institution of Engineers (Gh.IE) and Board of Trustees of VALCO 2nd Tier Occupational Pension Scheme and 3rd Tier Provident Fund Scheme.

collinsDirector of Cast House - Mr. Collins Obeng-Marnu

Collins Obeng-Marnu undertook his national service assignment at the Metallurgy Section of the Technical Department between October 1985 and August 1987 and was upon completion hired as a Temporary Metallurgist on September 1, 1987. Consequently, he was promoted to become the Plant Metallurgist in November of the same year.  In January 1998 he transferred to the then Metal Products Department (now Cast House) as Supervisor, Raw Material/Tooling Maintenance.  

In June 2000 he assumed the role of Manager in charge of Saws/Homos until October 2004 when there was separation between VALCO employees and Kaiser Aluminum after ownership of VALCO changed from Kaiser to Government of Ghana.

Collins was engaged on contract basis, helping with preparatory work towards raw materials management, business development, QSC, planning and scheduling between May 2008 and January 2009.  He left VALCO and had a brief stint with Vodafone Ghana and Reroy Cable where he worked as Production Manager.  In January 2017 he re-joined VALCO to support the Director of the Cast House Department.

Collins did a terrific job in all the areas he served.  As a Metallurgist he set up the Metallurgy Section with recruitment of relevant personnel as well as writing up of all standard metallurgical practices and acquisition and tuning up of relevant quality assurance equipment.  Collins, an extremely organized individual, was an exceptional asset to the Metallurgy Section in all aspects of quality control.  He demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills that ensured a smooth execution of tasks and projects.  It was not surprising that, he was ‘’poached’’ to Cast House to help raise the standards, where he served creditably in various supervisory and managerial positions; ranging from casting, homos/saws, planning and scheduling, tooling and inventory, business analysis, among others. His multi-tasking ability was brought to bear in the foregoing responsibilities.

One of the greatest attributes of Collins is his willingness to help in any endeavour under any circumstance.  In addition, Collins is endowed with an excellent inter-personal relation which he combines with his technical knowhow in serving his constituents and all others who come into contact with him.

prosperDirector of DOcks, Engineering and Management(DEM) - Mr. PROSPER NUGA KWAME NUHOHO

Prosper Nuga Kwame Nuhoho joined the Volta Aluminium Company Ltd in 1986 for national service after completing his B.Sc. (Hons.) Electrical Engineering at the then University of Science and Technology in 1986. After the mandatory two year national service, he was employed in the Maintenance and Engineering Department as an electrical engineer. Whilst at VALCO, he worked as an electrical engineer in the various departments such as Cell lines, Cast House, Carbon Operations and the Docks.   In 2010, Prosper left to join Vodafone Ghana where he served as Fixed Services Regional Operations Manager for Accra East and the Volta Region.  

Whilst there, he was instrumental in the Fixed Services aspect of the move from decentralised telephone switches in the various major towns to a centralised telephone switch system in Accra linked to nodes called Multi Service Access nodes that replaced wiring cabinets in the field which was a major transformation for the Fixed Services.

In 2014, he joined the SIAT Group (a Belgian Company) and was sent to Nigeria as an expatriate factory manager for the Palm Oil Mill, Refinery and Packaging Plant that produced about 40,000 tons of palm oil and associated refined products annually.

In December 2019, he re-joined VALCO as the Director for Docks, Engineering and Maintenance.

He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and was for some years, secretary of the Electrical and Electronic Technical Committee. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is married with four children .

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Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO)
Heavy Industrial Area,Tema, Ghana
Phone: +233-302208787