CEOs named for four Orange subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East

In agreement with its local partners, Orange has appointed the following CEOs for four of its subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East:

The appointments are effective from 13 September 2015

Eric Bouquillon has been appointed CEO of Orange Guinea, replacing Alassane Diene.

Alassane Diene has been appointed CEO of Orange Mali, replacing Jean-Luc Bohé.

Jérôme Hénique has been appointed CEO of Jordan Telecom, replacing Jean-François Thomas.

Thierry Marigny has been appointed Deputy CEO of Sonatel in Senegal, replacing Jérôme Hénique.

All of these appointments are part of the Group’s international mobility policy, and occurred at the end of the previous CEO’s term.

The appointments are effective from 13 September 2015.

According to Marc Rennard, Orange International Executive Vice President for the Africa, Middle East and Asia zone, “The new CEOs all have significant executive experience in the telecommunications industry. They will continue and enhance the development of their respective subsidiaries, in an innovation-driven environment. Their contribution will be vital for the Orange group, which is accelerating its growth in Africa and the Middle East.”

Eric Bouquillon, the new CEO of Orange Guinea, is a graduate of the Lille University of Science and Technology. He has 30 years of experience with the Orange Group. After a career in sales, mainly focused on call centres in France and Poland, he was appointed Director of a Technical Assistance Unit. He has been the CEO and General Manager of Orange Réunion and Mayotte since 2010.

Alassane Diene, the new CEO of Orange Mali, holds an advanced degree in accounting from the Institut des Techniques Economiques et Comptables in Toulouse. He has 29 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including stints in Internal Auditing, Management Control, Strategy and HR, and has served as both Head of Auditing and Management Control and Head of Human Resources at Sonatel. He managed the group subsidiary Orange Guinea from its creation in November 2007, making it the leader on its market.

Jérôme Hénique, the new CEO of Jordan Telecom, is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes et Télécommunications. He has spent over two decades with the Orange Group. After starting his career as a Strategy consultant, he held executive positions in France, Spain and Senegal and worked in both the landline and mobile sectors for historic operators and challengers, in positions including Vice President for Subsidiary Marketing and then Senior Vice President for Group Marketing at Orange. He has been the Deputy CEO of the Sonatel Group since 2010.

Thierry Marigny, the new Deputy CEO of Sonatel, is a graduate of Telecom Management and holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Management from Université Paris-Dauphine. After a career as a consultant, he moved on to a series of operational positions, including Chief Marketing Officer at Mobistar, Deputy CEO of Lebanese mobile operator Cellis, founder and CEO of the start-up Cityneo and CEO of Orange Tunisia. Most recently, he served as the Global Brand Vice President and launched the new overhaul of the Orange Brand for the whole international Group scope.
Source: Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Orange.

Alliance for Affordable Internet Names Outgoing Nigerian Cabinet Minister as New Chair

1 September 2015. The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has today announced that Dr. Omobola Johnson, the immediate past Minister of Communication Technology of Nigeria, has joined A4AI as its Honorary Chairperson. Drawing on her 30 years of experience, Dr. Johnson will provide A4AI with strategic policy guidance and will lead high level international advocacy efforts, all designed to help the Alliance as it works to drive down unacceptably high broadband prices, and bring billions more online, fast.

 A4AI is the world’s broadest technology sector coalition, with over 70 diverse members. Working closely with governments, companies and civil society, the Alliance uses a blend of research, advocacy and on-the-ground engagement to create policy and regulatory change that pushes broadband prices down. In under two years, A4AI has doubled membership and started work in five countries on three continents (Dominican Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Myanmar), meaning over 300 million people stand to benefit from the Alliance’s work. A4AI’s global sponsors are Google, UK DFID and USAID, and the World Wide Web Foundation serves as the secretariat. Other high-profile members include the Internet Society, MainOne, Microsoft, and UN Women.

An experienced ICT policy professional, Dr. Johnson brings to the role over 30 years of experience across both the private and public sectors. Between 2011 and 2015, she served as Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, where she oversaw the creation and implementation of policy to enable affordable Internet, including the development and presentation of the country’s 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan. During her time as Minister, the percentage of Internet users in the country nearly doubled from 24% (2010) to 43% (2014), and Nigeria became the first African country to join A4AI in 2013. Prior to 2011, she spent over two decades at Accenture, including a five-year stint as country managing director for Nigeria. Dr. Johnson holds a DBA from Cranfield University in the UK, and from 2014 to 2015 served as the Chair of the 18th session of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). 

Remarking on her new role, Dr. Johnson said:

“In this era of technological innovation, it is simply unacceptable that policies and regulations still conspire to keep Internet access unaffordable for billions. Today, an entry-level mobile broadband package costs the average African over 15% of their monthly earnings, while an average European would pay just 1%. That affordability gap helps to explain why over 80% of European households are online, compared to just 11% of African households.

“I’ve seen firsthand the incredible power of the Web to improve health, education, economic and development outcomes, particularly for women and rural populations, and I’ve also seen how smart, collaborative policymaking can drive prices down fast. Now, I’m excited to be able to use my experience and networks to accelerate the progress A4AI is already making.”
Source: Press Release