The Company’s Board of Directors (the ‘Board of Directors’) consists of 13 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.
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.
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.
Richard Byrne has been a Director of the Company since December 2010. Mr. Byrne co-founded TowerCo in 2004 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors from its beginning until his retirement in December 2018. 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 Metropolitan Trading Area.
Joshua Ho-Walker has been a Director of the Company since January 2019. Mr. Ho-Walker is a Principal at Strategic Capital Investment Partners, LP, which was formed in October 2018 from the spin-out of the Strategic Investments Group from Soros Fund Management LLC. Mr. Ho-Walker joined Soros in August 2008 and previously worked at Merrill Lynch. He graduated magna cum laude from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.
Temitope 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.
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.
Umberto Pisoni has been a Director of the Company since July 2018. Mr. Pisoni has been global portfolio head of the TMT group at IFC since 2015. Previously, Mr. Pisoni was the global portfolio head of the private equity group at IFC, an investment officer in the TMT group, and also worked in the M&A department at Cookson Group Plc. Umberto holds a BS in Financial and Monetary Economics from Bocconi University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
Simon 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.
Carlos Reyes has been a Director of the Company since May 2018. Mr. Reyes has been Principal, IFC African, Latin American & Caribbean Fund (“ALAC”) since 2011, and is now the Head of Africa Funds. Prior to joining AMC in 2011, Carlos held several senior roles at BP including Strategy Advisor CEO’s Office and Director E&P for the M&A Group. He has previously worked as an analyst at the World Bank and also served as a consultant to several energy multinationals in Spain. He is also a member of the ALAC Fund and IFC China Mexico Fund investment committees at IFC Asset Management Company. Mr. Reyes holds a BA in Economics from the University of Barcelona, an MBA from the Yale University School of Management, and an MA in International Public Policy from George Mason University
Xavier 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 Dauphine.
David Wassong has been a Director of the Company since January 2010. Mr. Wassong is the Co-Head of Strategic Capital Investment Partners, LP which commenced operations on 1 October 2018 when it spun out from Soros Fund Management, LLC. Prior to the spin-out, Mr. Wassong was a Co-Head of the Strategic Investments Group at SFM since 2005 and was responsible for overseeing SIG’s investments in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, growth equity, venture capital, and private equity and venture capital funds. He and his team currently manage a global portfolio of direct private equity investments. Prior to joining Soros Private Equity, Mr. Wassong was Vice President at Lauder Gaspar Ventures, LLC. He started his career in finance as an analyst and then an associate in the investment banking group of Schroder Wertheim & Co., Inc. Mr. Wassong received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.