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- Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s leading telco, has appointed a new chief executive to steward the company in its strategic expansion across the Horn of Africa. Bruno Duthoit is a former CEO of Orange Moldavia and Orange Armenia who has also served on the board of Orange Poland. Duthoit is a graduate of the Municipal Poly Technique and has over 21 years of professional experience with France Telecom.

-  Writer, journalist, blogger, and free speech activist Eskinder Nega, the 2012 recipient of PEN American Center’s Freedom to Write Award, lived in Washington, D.C., before returning to his native Ethiopia to start one of the country’s first-ever independent newspapers. On Friday, Eskinder was back in D.C.–not physically, but as the subject of a candlelight vigil at the African American Civil War Memorial that commemorated the first anniversary of the blogger’s arrest and sent the message that those jailed for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of speech are never forgotten.

- In agreement with its local partners, Orange  has appointed the following Chief Executive Officers in seven of its African and Middle Eastern subsidiaries:

 - Brelotte Ba is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orange Niger, succeeding Jean-Louis Branco;

- Michel Barré is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orange Madagascar, succeeding Jean-Luc Bohé;

 - Jean-Luc Bohé is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orange Mali, succeeding Alioune Ndiaye;

 - Didier Charvet is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orange Tunisia, succeeding Thierry Marigny;

 - Nathalie Clere is appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mauritius Telecom, succeeding Jean-François Thomas;

 - Alioune Ndiaye is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sonatel in Senegal, succeeding Cheikh Tidiane Mbaye; and

These appointments fall within the Group’s international mobility policy and, in each case, were made at the end of the terms of the departing Chief Executive Officers. All of the appointments will be effective by October 1, 2012.