The Company’s Board of Directors (the ‘Board of Directors’) consists of 8 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.
Sir Samuel Jonah has worked for Ashanti Goldfields and later became Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. He served on the boards of various public and private companies and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America Corporation. He has formerly served as a director of Vodafone Group Plc, Lohnro plc (subsequently Lonmin plc) and The Standard Bank Group, and as chairman of a number of listed companies, including Equinox Ltd., Motogold Mines and Uramin Ltd (all in Canada). An Honorary Knighthood was conferred on him by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star of the Volta. He was born and educated in Ghana and obtained a master’s degree in management from Imperial College, London.
Chief Executive Officer
Kash Pandya has been a director of the Company since August 2015. Previously, Kash spent eight years with Aggreko plc, the world’s largest temporary power generation company. He sat on the board of directors for eight years and led the European business for three years, after which he served as managing director for five years overseeing a doubling of Aggreko’s international business. Kash began his career through an engineering apprenticeship. He then went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in technology engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing. Kash began his progression through engineering and manufacturing companies in 1989, starting at Jaguar before moving to roles with General Electric Company, Ford Motor Company and Novar PLC (then Caradon PLC). In 1999, Kash joined APW Ltd., a global technically enabled manufacturing services company, to lead all operations outside the United States. In 2004, Kash became the CEO of Johnston Group, a publicly quoted company, and left the business on its sale to Ennstone plc.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Greenwood joined the Group in 2010, was made Finance Director in 2012, and has been Chief Financial Officer since September 2015. Tom is responsible for all finance and IT activities at the Group. He has been instrumental in raising and managing debt and equity for the Group, raising a total of US$1.6 billion gross capital. He also oversees tower asset portfolio acquisitions and the establishment of new operating companies. Under Tom’s direction, the Group has established a single SAP groupwide accounting and financial reporting system, and a centralised financial control function based in London to which all of the Group’s operating companies report. Prior to joining the Group in 2010, Tom was at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the TMT Transaction Services team, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and refinancings, mainly in the telecommunications sector. Tom is a qualified chartered accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Senior Independent Director
Magnus has 25 years of experience in the global telecommunications sector. Previously, he worked at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson for 14 years, where he held various positions including Executive Vice President. Magnus was also President and Chief Executive Officer of SEC, the parent company for Tele2 Europe, held various leading positions in the IKEA Group and, between 1998 and 1999, was the Chief Operating Officer of Millicom S.A. Magnus is currently Chairman of Karnov Group AB, a public limited company in Sweden listed on NASDAQ. He is also Chairman of Next Biometrics Group ASA and Tampnet ASA plc and a board member of Albert Immo Holding S.à.r.l., PMM Advisors S.A. and Interogo Foundation, and he is the former Chairman of Doro AB and RedBee Media Group Ltd. Magnus has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Lund University in Sweden.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Richard Byrne has been a director of the Company since December 2010. Richard co-founded TowerCo in 2004, has served as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and was 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, LLC, which grew from 125 towers to more than 8,000 during his tenure. Richard 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. Richard started his wireless career performing site acquisitions for AT&T Mobility LLC (then McCaw Cellular) in the New York metropolitan trading area. From 2008 to 2018, he served on the board of directors of the Wireless Infrastructure Trade Association in the United States.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Alison has a background of over 25 years in auditing, capital markets and assurance services with extensive emerging markets experience, including Africa. She is currently a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at KAZ Minerals plc and Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair at Rockhopper Exploration plc. Alison is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at Emperor, a leading UK creative communication agency. Alison was, until January 2017, a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP and prior to that, a partner at Ernst & Young LLP. She is a qualified chartered accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences from Bath University.
David Wassong has been a director of the Company since January 2010. David is Co-Managing Partner of Newlight Partners LP (formerly known as Strategic Capital Investment Partners, LP), which commenced operations as an independent investment manager effective 1 October 2018 when part ofthe Strategic Investments Group of Soros Fund Management LLC (“SFM”) was spun out of SFM. Prior to the spin-out, David was Co-Head of Strategic Investments Group and jointly responsible for overseeing SIG’s investments in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, growth equity, venture capital, and private equity and venture capital funds. David and his team currently manage a global portfolio of direct private equity investments. Prior to joining SFM, David 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. David received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Temitope Lawani has been a director of the Company since February 2010. Temitope, a Nigerian national, is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios Investment Partners (“Helios”) and has more than 20 years of principal investment experience. Prior to forming Helios, Temitope was a principal in the San Francisco and London offices of TPG Capital, a global private equity firm. At TPG, Temitope had a lead role in the execution of over US$10 billion in closed venture capital and leveraged buyout investments, including the acquisitions of Burger King Corp., Debenhams plc., J. Crew Group andScottish & Newcastle plc Retail. Temitope began his career as a mergers and acquisitions and corporate development analyst at the Walt Disney Company. Temitope received a Bachelor of Science 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.