Dr. Ishmael Yamson is a Founding Member and President of the Private Enterprise Foundation. Heserved as the Chief Executive Officer at Unilever Ghana Ltd., until December 2004. Mr. Yamson was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Unilever Ghana for 18 years and during his tenure, he transformed Unilever from a conglomerate into a focused fast moving consumer goods company.
He graduated from the University of Ghana with BSc Economics Honours degree in 1966 and joined UAC of Ghana Ltd., a subsidiary of Unilever Plc.
Dr. Ishmael Yamson has over four (4) decades of experience in Corporate Management. He is a clear leader in Strategic Management, and a much sought after advisor by government institutions and the private sector in Ghana and the sub region.
In 1983, he became Chairman of UAC Tanzania, becoming the first African Chairman of any Unilever company outside his home country. In 1986, exactly 20 years after joining the company, he became Chairman of UAC Ghana and in 1992 became Chairman, Unilever Ghana Ltd.
Dr. Ishmael Yamson is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd., Mantrac Ghana Ltd., Unilever Ghana Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc.
He is also the Chairman of Ishmael Yamson &Associates, a consultancy firm which focuses on providing value-driven strategic management through the provision of leadership training and development programmes, organizational renewal and corporate advisory services.
At the national level, he has been Chairman of the University of Ghana Council, member of the Board of the Central Bank of Ghana, President of Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of Ghana Employers’ Association and President of Private Enterprise Foundation, Ghana.
He has received numerous awards and honours, including the Order of the Volta (Civil Division), Companion of the Order of the Volta and is a Fellow of both the Ghana Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Management.