Born in 1955 in Abidjan, married and father of three children, Jean-Marie Ackah, after obtaining the Bachelor, studied economics and management at the University of Ivory Coast (Faculty of Economics ), before traveling to France where he successively obtained the diplomas of the Business Higher Institute (IDRAC) Paris and the French Institute of Management (IFG 3rd Cycle).
Back in Ivory Coast, he held from 1978 to 1980, a senior position in the company Palmindustrie before being recruited by SIPRA where he will occupy successively from 1980 to 1992, the positions of Deputy Director then Director of the Livestock Food Department of Ivograin.
Noticed for the quality of his work, he was appointed Deputy CEO of the company in 1992 and was promoted a year later, by the major shareholder at that time (the group Evialis France), to the position of General Chief Executive (from 1993 to 2000).
In 2000, thanks to the trust of various financial institutions, Jean-Marie Ackah successfully conducted the project of regaining control of the shareholding of the company through a management buy-out and became the major shareholder and the President and CEO. Position he will occupy until January 2011 when he decided to give the general direction, while retaining the presidency of the company, giving heed to start LMCI (Les Moulins de Côte d'Ivoire), the new company he founded in 2007 and which is the second mill in Ivory Coast.
After having assumed the presidency of IPRAVI (Ivorian poultry Interprofession), UOFA / AO (Union of Organizations of the Poultry Industry of West Africa) and UGECI (Union of large industrial enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire) until 2016, Jean-Marie ACKAH is today President of the CGECI (General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d'Ivoire), the Ivorian employers.
Moreover, besides the Presidency of the food group that he assumes, Jean-Marie Ackah was given by BNP Paribas, the Chair of the Board of BICICI (International Bank for Trade and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire), its subsidiary in Côte d'Ivoire.
President of the European Commission