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The Director for Human Resource at Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr. Randolph John Adei, has officially retired from the Board after thirteen years of service. His retirement took effect on 7th April 2023, when he attained age sixty, being the official retirement age per Ghana’s Pension Act 2008.
At an emotional send-off party held at the AU Village in his honour, Mr. Randolph Adei, who prefers to be called ‘Randy’ said he was grateful to God for enabling him to retire honourably from a reputable state agency like COCOBOD that invests in the development of its employees.
He was also thankful to his family, especially his wife and children, for giving him the necessary support as a husband and father to ensure his personal development without which he would not have chalked the successes witnessed.
Recounting his years of service, Randy disclosed that before joining the Board in 2010 as a Human Resource Manager, he had served in the Ghana Armed Forces, which accounts for his disciplined style of management, which manifested in all the positions he held until his retirement.
Randy noted that he joined the Board through the Seed Production Division (SPD) on 4th October 2010 as a Human Resource Manager and has served in all Divisions of the Board such as CHED in 2012, CRIG in 2014, and functioned as the Western Regional Administrator at Kajebril in 2015, till his appointment as Acting Deputy Director Human Resources in November 2018 at the COCOBOD Head Office.
He was assigned Deputy Director of HR on 1st October 2019 and finally confirmed as Director of Human Resource on 9th March 2020 attaining the highest rank in the HR cadre based on COCOBOD’s hierarchical structure.
Randy will be remembered for spearheading innovations in digitizing the COCOBOD Performance Appraisal System, notably migrating it from a manual system to an online portal, digitizing employees’ personal records and staff identification, which has strengthened the security dynamics of COCOBOD, giving it a modern corporate outlook.
In honour of his meritorious service, the Management of COCOBOD and the staff of the Human Resource Department presented a heartwarming citation and gifts to the latest retiree from the Board.
Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Gyamfi Ocran has been appointed to follow the heels of Mr. Randolph Adei as Director of Human Resource. Mr. Gyamfi has been a staff of the Board since 1990 and therefore takes up this role with over three decades of industry experience and training, having worked with most of the Board’s Divisions and Subsidiaries including QCC, CHED, Bunso Cocoa College and CRIG.
He hopes to influence change in attitude towards work, help reduce wastage and improve efficiency.
He is also passionate about rewarding hard work and promises to empower staff to deliver on their mandates.
In his spare time, Mr. Gyamfi Ocran enjoys political discussions, poultry keeping and cocoa farming.
He is married with two children.
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