Chief Executive Officer
Tom Greenwood joined Helios Towers at company start-up in 2010 and was appointed CEO in April 2022. He previously held numerous Group roles including COO, CFO and Finance Director.
In his tenure at Helios Towers so far, Tom has overseen all 16 major M&A transactions, the expansion of the Group into 10 countries, the inaugural bond in 2017, the Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange in 2019, and driving the Group’s business excellence power uptime delivery to a record 99.99% in 2021.
Tom joined Helios Towers from PwC and is a qualified Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Chief Financial Officer
Manjit Dhillon joined Helios Towers in 2016. He was appointed CFO in January 2021, having held the positions of interim CFO and Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Finance. Sustainability and IT report into the CFO.
Manjit has overseen transactions including capital raisings of c.US$3 billion, substantially reducing the cost of capital, and the acquisitions of multiple tower portfolios across six new high growth markets. He also played a key role throughout the successful IPO of Helios Towers on the London Stock Exchange in 2019.
Prior to Helios Towers, Manjit has held a number of positions in the financial services sector, including with Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Lyceum Capital. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Regional CEO – Middle East, East & West Africa
Philippe Loridon has held a Regional CEO position with Helios Towers since August 2020. His position covers the Tanzanian, Malawian and Senegalese markets and also Oman, subject to the closing of the transaction with Omantel.
Philippe previously held the position of CEO of Helios Towers Tanzania from January 2015, and the CEO of Helios Towers Congo and Helios Towers DRC from May 2019 and was previously CEO of Helios Towers DRC between December 2011 and December 2014. He previously served as CEO at Equateur Telecom Congo, where he re-launched Equateur Telecom Congo in Congo Brazzaville.
Prior to this, Philippe accumulated 20 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry with MNOs based in San Marino, Israel and Papua New Guinea. This included 13 years at Hutchison Whampoa, fulfilling senior roles in sales, marketing and business development before first becoming CEO of Hutchison Sri Lanka in 1998, and then head of Hutchison Telecommunications’ Latin American operations between 2000 and 2002. He was also previously a Director at Be-Mobile. He is a French citizen.
Regional CEO – Southern & Central Africa
Sainesh Vallabh joined Helios Towers as CEO of Southern & Central Africa in August 2020. Sainesh’s position now covers the markets of South Africa, Madagascar, DRC and Congo Brazzaville in order to optimise the synergies of customer crossover between these markets.
Previously, Sainesh was the Managing Executive of Mergers & Acquisitions for Vodacom Group Limited, where he was responsible for the development and execution of Vodacom’s expansion strategy across the continent, a role he held for over seven years. Before joining Vodacom, Sainesh spent approximately 10 years as an Investment Banker at HSBC Bank Plc, HSBC Africa and Rothschild, where his primary focus was advising MNOs on their African expansion and related strategies. He is a citizen of South Africa.
Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs
Beki was appointed Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs in April 2022. Since joining Helios in 2018 as Deputy General Counsel, Beki has been an instrumental member of the team in closing all M&A transactions over the last few years.
Beki joined Helios Towers from Linklaters LLP where she focussed on public and private M&A along with corporate advisory work. A great deal of Beki’s work in private practice involved advising, and spending time on secondment to, companies in highly regulated sectors.
Beki is responsible for the Business Development function, focusing on in-market and new-market M&A, as well as managing group-wide Regulatory Affairs.
Director of Delivery and Business Excellence
Allan became Director of Delivery and Business Excellence in April 2022. He joined Helios Towers as Director of Operations and Technology in June 2021, focusing on Performance Engineering and Delivery functions of the Group, including Operations, Supply Chain and PMO. He joined Helios Towers from Aggreko, where he held a number of senior positions including Area General Manager for West and Central Africa, a position he held since 2016, and led operations for Africa as an Operations Director in the EMEA team, a position he held for four years prior.
Allan has extensive international experience in setting up and managing technical operations in markets across Africa and the Middle East. He is a Chartered Electrical and Electronic Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is a British citizen.
Director of Operations and Engineering
Lara was appointed Director of Operations and Engineering in April 2022. In this role, she oversees performance engineering, operations and technology of the company. She joined Helios Towers in 2016 as Group Customer Programme Manager and more recently had held the position of Head of Performance Engineering.
Lara has more than 13 years of work experience in the Africa and Middle East regions. She had held a number of technical positions including Principal Engineer – Performance Management at Aggreko, where she had spent five years prior to joining Helios Towers.
Lara is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is a British citizen.
Director of Human Resources
Doreen has an extensive HR career having undertaken various roles within Telecommunications, Investment and Financial Services across the UK, EMEA and Africa.
At Vodafone Group, these included being Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Group Senior HR Business Partner for multiple functions in UK, Ghana and Europe and was one of forty chosen globally for their HR Excellence Programme. Following her time in the telecoms sector, Doreen has worked in private equity focusing on talent, diversity & Inclusion, HR strategy and operational performance. With Leapfrog Investments, Doreen was the HR Director for their portfolio companies in Africa & Asia. With Varde Partners, Doreen was HR Lead (Value Creation Group) for their European region leading leadership and organisation initiatives. Doreen was also Chief HR Officer for a leading digital bank in Spain. Furthermore, in a consultancy capacity for Schneider Ross, Doreen has advised the likes Vodafone and Safaricom on various D&I initiatives and programmes.
Doreen holds a masters in Human Resources Management, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development and has completed HR Executive Programme at Harvard Business School and member of International Coach Federation.
Director of Property and SHEQ
Nick Summers has been Director of Property & SHEQ since January 2022 and was previously Director of Sustainability & Organisational Development and a member of the executive team since 2015, when he was appointed Director of Corporate Services.
Nick joined Helios Towers in 2010 after spending nine years with Vodafone both in the United Kingdom and abroad. His final role at Vodafone Group Plc was National Head of RAN Deployment for Vodafone Ghana (previously state-owned Ghana Telecom). Nick is the head of the London office. He is responsible for the Group’s HSE and Quality programmes, in addition to managing our property estate across the portfolio.
Nick has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Land Management and holds a National General Certificate (‘NEBOSH’) in Health & Safety and an environmental Associate Member Certificate (‘IEMA’). He is a British citizen.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Paul Barrett joined Helios Towers plc as General Counsel and Company Secretary in April 2020. Prior to joining Helios Towers, Paul was Director of Legal and Company Secretary at RAC Motoring Services, a position which he assumed in July 2018. Before this, he held interim positions as General Counsel of Helios Towers, Ltd. and Legal Director at Prudential plc. From 2006 until February 2017, Paul was Head of Legal Affairs at Home Retail Group plc, the then parent company of Argos and Homebase and the UK’s largest non-food retailer.
Paul has an LLB (Hons) in Business Law and qualified as a Barrister before moving into industry. He has extensive senior management and board level experience, domestically and internationally, in both listed and private companies. He is a British citizen.