By Rasheed Abubakar /Twitter @rawshieldpr
For the third time in four years, the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of MTN Ghana, Mr Modupe Kadri has emerged the 2018 Ghana Telecoms CFO of The Year.
Mr Kadri, a Nigerian and devout Muslim, was adjudged the winner of the best CFO category at the 4th Ghana Finance Innovation Awards held in Accra, the capital of Ghana, recently.
He won the prestigious award in 2015 and 2016 respectively, for his outstanding achievements in the sector.
MTN Ghana, Ghana’s leading telecommunications giant, which Mr Kadri works for, also received six awards, making it the highest award recipient of the night.
The awards are: In-House Tax Team of the Year, Excellence in Internal Audit Award, Finance Innovation Award, Private Sector Loan Syndication Award and Finance Team of the Year: Telecoms.
Mr Kadri’s joy knows no bounds as he received the “Private Sector Loan Syndication Award” on behalf of MTN at the well attended, prestigious awards ceremony, which attracted CFOs from different industries across Ghana, including Banking, Insurance, Automobiles and Consumer Goods.
In a chat with Muslim News, he attributed his success to Allah, saying that, “AlhamduliLlah (praise be to Allah). I am delighted to receive the CFO of The Year award for the third time.
“Excellence at work and dedication to duty remains the hallmark, which is the Islamic minimum anyway, while I think our stringent financial discipline and excellent CSR strides at MTN Ghana have paid off, yet again”.
Mr Kadri joined MTN Ghana from MTN Nigeria in 2014 as CFO after an outstanding seven-year career, where he held the positions of General Manager, Financial Operations and also General Manager, Financial Planning at MTN Nigeria.
Kadri had his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the prestigious University of Lagos.
He also attended the Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School and IMD Business School.
Before joining MTN in 2007, Kadri was Financial Controller at the Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria PLC.
Kadri’s leadership and superior skills in directing the financial operations of MTN Ghana are evidenced by the sustained growth of the company in a difficult economic environment.
Under his direction, MTN Ghana was awarded Overall Best Taxpayer for 2014 by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
His citation read in part: “Your contribution towards tax payment has been tremendous, especially in 2014.
“You were not only the biggest contributor to our tax revenue, but you were the most compliant in filing of returns and making payments by statutory due dates. We are happy doing business with you.”