They were giants in their own right and were well known to have played significant roles in the business and corporate worlds.
[contextly_sidebar id=”IIKEfb3Z4SnP3CHp5wZQRKylE7wvWRrR”]But before the year 2015 came to an end they were called by our maker.
In all two notable key personalities in the business and corporate world departed from earth in 2015.
The first to have departed was the former Board Chairman of Ecobank Ghana Lionel Van Lare Dosoo.
Mr Dosoo who was seen as a banking icon, passed on, on Saturday May 9th, 2015.
He had occupied Ecobank’s board chairman position since 2010.
Mr. Lionel Van Lare Dosoo was the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Ecobank Ghana Ltd from April 24, 2010 until his death.
He was appointed as chairman for the task force set up by President John Dramani Mahama to work on the establishment of Ghana Exim Bank.
Subsequently he became the Chairman of the Board of the Ghana Exim Bank from February 2015.
Mr Dosoo was also a board member of the newly created Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund and was the Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana from 2000 to 2009.
Other positions held during this period include Head of Planning, Logistics and Implementation Committee of the Ghana Cedi redenomination exercise (2007), Member and Representative of Bank of Ghana on the Revenue Agencies Governing Board (Chairman 2005 -2008), and Member of the Committee on the Design and Implementation of the e-Zwich Platform for financial institutions.
He also worked with the Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, (Citi National Bank), as Vice President, as well as with Indosuez Bank, Los Angeles (Credit Agricole), Wells Fargo Bank (Los Angeles) and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr Dosoo was a product of Tsiame Ghana School (Roman Catholic/ Local Authority), Ho Bankoe Roman Catholic School and Achimota School (1965).
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the New York University (Stern School) in 1982.
The second prominent business personality to have departed this earth this year was the former First Vice President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Dr. Prosper Adabla.
Dr. Prosper Adabla died on Saturday July 25, 2015 after his three story building which he was putting up around cantonments in Accra collapsed on him.
He together with two others died after an uncompleted three-storey building caved in on 22 people injuring more than a dozen people.
The news of his death shocked many in the private sector and business world due to his prominence in those fields.
Dr. Prosper Adabla was the 1st Vice President for the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry and served as the first African board member of the National Black Chamber of Commerce in the US.
He was an industrialist, a financial consultant and businessman.
He was a member of the committee that worked on the feasibility studies for the establishment of a Ghana Import and Export Bank, Exim.
He worked on Wall Street for 15 years serving as a Director for Continental Insurance Company, Vice President for American International Group, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston.
He was the founder and CEO of New Capital Holdings Ltd a Holding Company with a number of Subsidiaries involved in Import & Export, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Lobbying and Political Mediation, Economic Research, Business Advisory and IT Services.
Dr. Prosper Adabla held a BA. in Business Admin & Journalism from the City University of New York (Baruch College), a CPCU from the college of Insurance NY, and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law in New Jersey.
He was an old student of Kumasi High School.
By: Vivian Kai Lokko/citifmonline.com/Ghana