The Company’s Board of Directors (the ‘Board of Directors’) consists of 12 members. Each Director is elected for the term, if any, fixed by the shareholder who appointed such Director or until his earlier death, resignation, disqualification or removal.
Director & Chief Executive Officer
Kash Pandya has been a Director of the Company since August 2015. Kash arrived as Chief Executive Officer of Helios Towers following eight years with Aggreko plc, where he sat on the Board, running the European Business for three years. He was also Managing Director of Aggreko International for five years, overseeing a doubling of their international business.
He began his career with an engineering apprenticeship, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Engineering and a Master’s in Manufacturing. In 1989, he started at Jaguar before moving to roles within General Electric, Caradon and then APW, where he led all operations outside the United States. In 2004, he became the CEO of Johnston Group,
leaving the business on its sale to Ennstone plc.
David Karol Wassong has been a Director of the Company since January 2010. Mr. Wassong is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Investments Group at Soros Fund Management LLC. Mr. Wassong joined Soros Fund in 1998. He has been a Partner at TowerBrook Capital Partners LP since June 1998, focusing on the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries. From July 1997 to June 1998, Mr. Wassong served as Vice President of Lauder Gaspar Ventures. He was also an Associate of Lauder Gaspar Ventures, LLC. and Wertheim Schroder & Co. Inc., where he participated on teams that invested in the telecommunications industry. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Wassong worked in investment banking with Wertheim Schroder in the Media and Entertainment Group. Mr. Wassong earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Waldemar Rafal Szlezak has been a Director of the Company since January 2010. Mr. Szlezak has been a Principal at Soros Fund Management LLC since August 2006 and also serves as Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Investments Group. He served at Soros Private Equity Investors and prior to that, he served in the Mergers & Acquisition Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse. Mr. Szlezak also served as an Associate at TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. Mr. Szlezak earned his BS Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Columbia University and his BA in Mathematics from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Temitope Olugbeminiyi Lawani has been a Director of the Company since February 2010. Mr. Lawani, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios Investment Partners and has more than 20 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, Mr. Lawani was a Principal in the San Francisco and London offices of TPG Capital, a global private equity firm. At TPG, Mr. Lawani had a lead role in the execution of over $10 billion in closed venture capital and leveraged buy-out investments, including the acquisitions of Burger King Corp., Debenhams plc, J. Crew Group and Scottish & Newcastle Retail. Mr. Lawani began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development Analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lawani received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in Yoruba, a West African language.
Richard Byrne has been a Director of the Company since December 2010. Mr. Byrne co-founded TowerCo in 2004. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and has been a member of the Board of Directors from its beginning. Prior to that, he served as President of the Tower Division of SpectraSite Communications, which grew from 125 towers to more than 8,000 during his tenure. Mr. Byrne served as National Director of Business Development at Nextel Communications Inc. and was responsible for bringing the industry’s first major portfolio of wireless carrier towers to market. Mr. Byrne started his wireless career performing site acquisitions for AT&T Wireless (then McCaw Cellular) in the New York Mass Transit Authority system.
Simon Hilliard Poole has been a Director of the Company since February 2012. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Poole acted as Group CFO for Intela Global Ltd where his responsibilities included managing investor relations and the development of group strategy. Prior to this, Mr. Poole held various roles at Celtel including as Interim Group Financial Controller of Celtel International, Chief Financial Officer of Celtel DRC and Finance Director of Celtel Burkina Faso. Mr. Poole holds a BSc in Geography from Exeter University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Vishma Dharshini Boyjonauth has been a Director of the Company since August 2013. Ms. Boyjonauth joined Intercontinental Trust Limited in 2004 and she is currently a Manager in the Corporate Services Department. She leads a team in the Corporate Services Department and oversees operations including the incorporation of companies, advising on company structures, regulatory matters and the corporate administration of companies for both domestic and global business companies in Mauritius. Ms. Boyjonauth graduated from the University of Mauritius with a BSc (Hons) in Economics.
Simon David Pitcher has been a Director of the Company since December 2013. Mr. Pitcher is responsible for Private Investments at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited (“JRCM”). JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc. Previously, Mr. Pitcher was a Director at Standard Bank Private Equity, a Director at Blackwood Capital Partners in Sydney and an Investment Director at Hermes Private Equity. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Anja Blumert has been a Director of the Company since October 2015. Ms. Blumert has been head of M&A at Millicom International Cellular SA (‘Millicom’) since 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Blumert was an Independent Strategy and M&A Consultant at Montagu Partners. Prior to this, she was an Investment Professional at Warburg Pincus International covering the Central and Eastern Europe region across all sectors and Western Europe for the TMT sector where she was responsible for the assessment of investment opportunities in private and public companies. Ms. Blumert holds a degree in Finance and Marketing and a master’s degree in Business Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin.
Xavier Charles Rocoplan has been a Director of the Company since October 2015. Mr. Rocoplan has been the Chief Technology and Information Officer (‘CTO’) at Millicom since December 2012 and has been its Executive Vice President of Technical since April 2012. In 2002, Mr. Rocoplan was CTO for Vietnam and then became CTO for the South East Asian cluster (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). In 2004 he was appointed the CEO of Paktel in Pakistan, a position he held until 2007. During this time, he launched Paktel’s GSM operations and led the process that concluded with the disposal of the business in 2007. After Millicom’s exit from Asia, Mr. Rocoplan was appointed to head the New Corporate Business development unit where he managed the Tower Assets Monetisation programme which led to the creation of tower companies in Ghana, Tanzania, DRC and Colombia. In 2012, he was made Chief Global Networks Officer before being appointed Millicom’s CTO. Mr. Rocoplan holds master’s degrees from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris and from Université Paris IX
Colin Curvey has been a Director of the Company since May 2016. Mr. Curvey has been Co-Head of the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund since 2015 and served as its Principal since March 2011. Mr. Curvey is employed at IFC Asset Management Company, LLC. (‘AMC’). Mr. Curvey joined AMC in March 2011. He served as an Equity Research Analyst at BTG Pactual Chile S.A. Corredores de Bolsa. He was a Partner at Duke Street, having initially joined in August 1999 and focused on investments in the consumer, food, insurance and financial services sectors. Prior to this, Mr. Curvey served as an Equity Research Analyst at Celfin Capital (now part of BTG Pactual), where he was ranked as one of Chile’s leading electric utility analysts. Prior to that, Mr. Curvey worked at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Analyst and an Investment Banker in their Investment Banking Division. Mr. Curvey speaks English and Spanish and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Duke University.
Nelson Oliveira has been a Director of the Company since May 2016. Mr. Oliveira has been Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Albright Capital Management LLC (‘Albright’) since March 2007. During this time, he has been responsible for legal and regulatory aspects of Albright’s operations as a registered investment adviser with broad emerging markets mandates, including legal structuring and risk management of all private investment transactions and all regulatory aspects of fundraising. Prior to this, Mr. Oliveira was Deputy General Counsel at Darby Overseas, Ltd. (a subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc.) from March 2002 until March 2007 where he was responsible for overseeing and advising on legal aspects of mezzanine debt and quasi-equity investment transactions in Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Mr. Oliveira holds a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Boston College Law School.