Shirley Tony Kum is a seasoned communications professional with over a decade of experience in corporate communications and journalism. She is passionate about crafting a positive, respectable corporate image of whichever organisation she works with and her track record speaks for itself.
She is a product of the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the University of Leicester, UK. Mrs Kum began her career in communications from the radio newsroom of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. In between covering various assignments here, she penned numerous articles for Perspectives, Ghana Today and the Daily Graphic. During this time, she also consulted for the Lutheran Media Ministry, the PR and Media wing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Mrs Kum later joined Stratcomm Africa, a leading communications consultancy firm in Ghana, as a Communications Trainee. Here, she was part of the team that successfully executed communications activities on Newmont Golden Ridge Construction Employment Process. Following her impressive performance during this period, Newmont Golden Ridge Limited (Akyem Project) employed her as a Communications Officer.
She steadily rose through the ranks to eventually become the Senior Communications Officer and spent close to eight years in total at Newmont. In this role, she handled internal and external communications, events management and a bit of community relations. She received numerous awards at Newmont, including the Spot Employee Recognition award by the President of Newmont Mining Corporation in Denver.
Currently, Mrs Kum is the Corporate Communications Manager for Vivo Energy Ghana, the licensee for Shell in Ghana. In the last few years, she has essentially built the Ghanaian leg of the Communications function from scratch, putting the basics of a solid communications plan in place to position the company as a force to reckon with. She introduced a myriad of strategic community investment programmes in the key Vivo Energy areas of Road Safety, the Environment and Education and set up Vivo Energy Ghana’s social media pages which are well-managed with engaging new content.
A consistent high performer, Mrs Kum has tirelessly worked to garner high publicity for Vivo Energy corporate and marketing activities and earned the company awards such as Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility during the 2014 and 2016 Ghana Oil and Gas Awards, Best Road Safety Oriented Corporate Institution in Ghana in 2015 and the Regional Road Safety Award 2015, both from the National Road Safety Commission.
In addition to these awards, she worked closely with the Marketing department to submit content that won the following awards: Petroleum Company of the Year 2014 from the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana; Oil Marketing Company of the Year during the 2015 Ghana Oil and Gas Awards; the Most Respected and Trusted Brand from Premier Brands in 2015 and Brand of the Year 2017 at the Ghana Oil and Gas Awards.
Mrs Kum is also a recipient of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award, also known as the Head of State Award Scheme for Young People.