Leadership & Governance

The Directors recognise the value and importance of high standards of corporate governance and intend, given the Company’s size and the constitution of the Board, to comply with the main provisions of the Combined Code. The Company also proposes to follow the recommendations on corporate governance of the Quoted Companies Alliance for companies with shares traded on AIM.

Executive Board

The information disclosed in these investor relations web pages is in accordance with Rule 26 of AIM Rules for Companies and was last updated on 29 May 2018.

Chairman

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh is the former CEO of Diageo Plc. He is also Chairman of Compass Group and Chime Communications and a Non-Executive Director of FedEx Corporation and RM2. Paul became Chairman of Avanti in March 2014.

Paul is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Whitehill

Kyle joined Avanti in April 2018, from his previous position of CEO at Liquid Telecom. He brings over 30 years of experience in the consumer and enterprise markets in Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Kyle has extensive experience in the FMCG, mobile, fixed and converged products industries.

More than half of his working career (16 years) was spent honing his telecoms, management and leadership development skills at the Vodafone Group.  Kyle was board member and the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. from 2013 to 2016, CEO of Vodafone Ghana from 2010 to 2013, CEO and Chairman of Vodafone India from 2008 to 2010, Enterprise Business Unit Director and board member for Vodafone UK from 2004 to 2008 and Sales Director and Strategic Relationships Director for Vodafone UK between 2001 and and 2004.

His early career was spent at fast moving consumer goods companies L'Oreal, Jeyes and Guinness before he entered general management within the soft drinks division of PepsiCo.Kyle graduated from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, earning his bachelors degree (HONS) in Economics and Marketing.

Group Finance Director and CFO

Nigel Fox

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and has held various senior finance roles before joining Avanti Communications in 2007, including Chief Financial Officer of Climax Group; Group Financial Controller at ARC International; Finance Director of Ruberoid Building Products, and Group Financial Controller of Ruberoid Plc.

Nigel is responsible for all aspects of Finance and Administration of the Group.

Non-Executive Director

Craig Chobor

Craig Chobor joined Solus at its inception in July 2007 and has been a member of the hedge fund investment team since the funds’ inceptions under the management of Stanfield. Mr Chobor joined Stanfield in 1999 as a Credit Analyst covering retail, cable, euro cable, printing, publishing, television, radio, media, wireless, and satellite telecommunication. Mr Chobor began his career at Scudder Kemper Investments in 1997 as a Senior Associate/Portfolio Assistant in the Emerging Markets Group. Mr Chobor received a BS in Economics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995, and an MBA in Finance from Pace University in 2001. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the Association of Investment Management and Research. In connection with his role at Solus, he currently serves as a board member for TerreStar Corp, Nextwave Holdco LLC, Panavision Corp and FiberTower.

Craig Chobor is a member of the Audit Committee.

Senior Independent Director / Non-Executive Director

Andy Green

Andy Green is chairman of IG Group and the Digital Catapult. He was a non-executive director on the Board of ARM Holdings plc and the CBI and, until 2012, Andy was CEO of Logica plc. Prior to joining Logica, Andy was a Board member at BT plc. Andy also is co-chair of the UK Space Leadership Council and Vice Chair of the Disasters and Emergencies Committee.

Andy is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

Non-Executive Director

Alan Harper

From 10 August 2017 to 2 April 2018, Alan Harper was interim Chief Executive Officer of Avanti. On 3 April 2018, as envisaged Alan stepped back to the role of Non-Executive Director. Alan is also Chairman of Azuri Technologies, Chairman and Non-Executive Director at Gigabit Fibre, a Non-Executive Director at MTN, and is a leading figure in the mobile network industry for both the UK and Africa. Alan co-founded Eaton Towers in 2008, a leading telecom tower company and held the position of Chief Executive Officer until early 2015. Operational since 2010, Eaton Towers has established over 5,000 towers across seven African countries and serves major mobile operators such as Airtel, MTN, Orange, Tigo, Vodacom and Vodafone. Prior to founding Eaton Towers, Alan spent 12 years at Vodafone Group PLC in various roles including MD of Vodafone Ltd and as the Group Strategy Director, focusing notably on growth in emerging markets.

Non-Executive Director

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He spent 24 years as a partner in KPMG, working with companies in a variety of different industries in both the listed and private sectors. For the last 12 years he was Chairman of KPMG’s London Region.

Paul Johnson is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Non-Executive Director

Michael Leitner

Michael Leitner is a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and additionally developed and managed the Company’s global co-location services business. Prior to 360networks, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Avanti, Integra Telecom and Core Media. Mr Leitner has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Michael Leitner is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Non-Executive Director

Richard Mastoloni

Richard Mastoloni is an experienced senior executive working in the satellite industry for the past 20 years. From 1997 until 2013, Mr Mastoloni was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Loral Space & Communications Inc., a multibillion dollar US-based satellite telecommunications company which owned the fourth largest satellites services company, Telesat Canada, as well as one of the largest satellite manufacturers, Space Systems Loral. Prior to Loral, Mr Mastoloni was a senior banker for JP Morgan Securities.

Richard Mastoloni is a member of the Audit Committee.

Non-Executive Director

Peter Reed

Peter Reed is the Chief Investment Officer of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Great Elm Capital Corp. Mr Reed was an investment banking analyst at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and debt and equity private placements for middle market companies. Mr Reed is currently a Director of International Wire Group Holdings Inc., Avanti Communications Group plc and Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board of Great Elm Capital Corp and Chairman of the Board of Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., and is a Trustee of the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. Mr Reed earned his BS in Finance from Miami University in 2002.

Peter Reed is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Senior Management

Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Whitehill

Kyle joined Avanti in April 2018, from his previous position of CEO at Liquid Telecom. He brings over 30 years of experience in the consumer and enterprise markets in Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Kyle has extensive experience in the FMCG, mobile, fixed and converged products industries.

More than half of his working career (16 years) was spent honing his telecoms, management and leadership development skills at the Vodafone Group.  Kyle was board member and the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. from 2013 to 2016, CEO of Vodafone Ghana from 2010 to 2013, CEO and Chairman of Vodafone India from 2008 to 2010, Enterprise Business Unit Director and board member for Vodafone UK from 2004 to 2008 and Sales Director and Strategic Relationships Director for Vodafone UK between 2001 and and 2004.

His early career was spent at fast moving consumer goods companies L'Oreal, Jeyes and Guinness before he entered general management within the soft drinks division of PepsiCo.Kyle graduated from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, earning his bachelors degree (HONS) in Economics and Marketing.

HR Director

Barbara Beggs

Barbara joined Avanti in January 2016 and is responsible for the development and delivery of the People Strategy. She holds an MA in Human Resources Management and BSc (Hons) in Business Management and Human Resources. Barbara has over 15 years HR experience gained in the public and private sector within a number of industries including technology, publishing, recruitment and healthcare.

Group Finance Director and CFO

Nigel Fox

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and has held various senior finance roles before joining Avanti Communications in 2007, including Chief Financial Officer of Climax Group; Group Financial Controller at ARC International; Finance Director of Ruberoid Building Products, and Group Financial Controller of Ruberoid Plc.

Nigel is responsible for all aspects of Finance and Administration of the Group.

Chief Marketing Officer

Christian Georgeson

Christian joined Avanti in 2012 and is responsible for the development and delivery of the overall Marketing strategy.

He has over 20 years experience in technology, media, and telecoms (TMT) with leading experience in new propositions development/launch, go to market/market entry, channel development, brand development and large scale enterprise and consumer campaigns across Europe, US, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Avanti, Christian served in senior leadership positions in Microsoft, Orange and T-Mobile where he successfully developed and launched propositions as the Windows 7, iPhone, the first 3g & 4g networks in Europe and latterly at Deutsche Telekom where he was responsible for driving data revenues to over €1.1billion. Christian graduated from Staffordshire University, earning his bachelors degree (HONS) in International Marketing.

Chief Commercial Officer

Toby Robinson

Toby Robinson is the Chief Commercial Officer of Avanti Communications Group plc. He joined Avanti in October 2017 as an industry veteran with thirty years’ experience in the international TMT sector. His previous role was with Eaton Towers, the telecoms towers and masts business operating across Africa.

At Eaton Towers, Toby was group Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the start-up management team who grew the business to 5,000 towers across Africa. Before joining Eaton Towers, he was a consultant at Bain & Co and a TMT Partner at Arthur Andersen, Mercator Partners and OC&C Strategy.

Director, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development

Kumar Singarajah

Kumar Singarajah is the Director, Regulatory Affairs and Business Development at Avanti Communications. He joined Avanti in January 2007 and is on the company’s senior management executive team. He is responsible for regulatory and associated government relations activities as well as certain business development and new space system development activities at Avanti. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College / London University, an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from the Open University. He has worked in senior positions in the space and telecommunications sectors for about 30 years including at Logica, SES, Inmarsat and ICO Global. Kumar is also a vice chair of the techUK / UKSpace Satellite Communications Committee and formerly Chairman of SAP REG an EC initiated body to represent European satellite industry views to the European governments.

Chief of Operations

Guy Wilkinson

Guy joined Avanti in 2004 and is responsible for all aspects of the operations and service delivery, including Satellite, Gateway Network and Customer operations centres.  Guy was part of the team that specified the HYLAS spacecrafts and was responsible for the procurement of the HYLAS 1 ground segment and for the design of the real-time diversity switching gateways.  Guy has led the team to establish a multi-vendor and flexible service platform including the development of Avanti’s own Operational Support System (OSS) software.

Before joining Avanti, Guy started in the satellite television business in 1986 working for NEC and then Amstrad, then for 10 years working at Eutelsat in Paris as Head of Network Development during which time he was heavily involved in the development of the two-way broadband services.

General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

Patrick Willcocks

Patrick is a dual qualified lawyer (English solicitor and Irish barrister) with nearly 25 years of experience in the legal and banking sectors. Prior to joining Avanti in 2009, he was a senior attorney at HP/EDS, a banking and financing solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland LLP and, before that, an investment banker for a number of international banks.

Patrick is responsible for all aspects of law and compliance for the Group.

Governance

The Directors recognise the value and importance of high standards of corporate governance and intend, given the Company’s size and the constitution of the Board, to comply with the main provisions of the Combined Code. The Company also proposes to follow the recommendations on corporate governance of the Quoted Companies Alliance for companies with shares traded on AIM.

The Board has established an audit committee and a remuneration committee with formally delegated responsibilities.

Remuneration Committee
The remuneration committee is chaired by Andy Green. Its other members are Paul Walsh, Peter Reed and Michael Leitner. The remuneration committee reviews the performance of the Executive Directors and makes recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment. The remuneration committee also makes recommendations to the Board on proposals for the granting of share options and other equity incentive scheme in operation from time to time. The remuneration and terms and conditions of appointment of the non-executive directors of the Company are set by the Board.

Audit Committee
The audit committee is chaired by Paul Johnson. Its other members are Richard Mastoloni, Andy Green and Craig Chobor. The audit committee has primary responsibility for monitoring the quality of internal controls and ensuring that the financial performance of the Company is properly measured and reported on. It receives and reviews reports from the Company’s management and auditors relating to the interim and annual accounts and the accounting and internal control systems in use throughout the Avanti Communications Group. The audit committee meets at least twice a year and has unrestricted access to the Company’s auditors.

Nomination Committee
The Nomination Committee is comprised of Paul Walsh and Andy Green. The Nomination Committee meets as and when necessary and has responsibility for nominating to the Board candidates for appointment as Directors, bearing in mind the need for diversity and a broad representation of skills across the Board.

The Board intends to comply, and procure compliance with, Rule 21 of the AIM Rules relating to dealings by directors and other applicable employees in the Company’s securities and, to this end, the Company has adopted an appropriate share dealing code.

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