6 September 2019


Nexans Appoints New Managing Director for Middle East and Africa

In his new role, Arafat Yousef will be responsible for growing Nexans Cabling Solutions’ business and market share in the region.

Nexans, the worldwide leader in cables and cabling systems, has appointed Arafat Yousef as Managing Director of the LAN Systems Business Unit in Middle East and Africa (MEA). In his new role, Arafat will be responsible for driving Nexans Cabling Solutions’ business growth, strengthening its channel network, and expanding the company’s reach by focusing on newer markets in the MEA region with a renewed focus.

Arafat Yousef brings with him over 22 years of experience in the regional IT and structured cabling industry. Prior to joining Nexans, Arafat held a number of senior roles with well-established organizations such as Corning, 3M, Leviton and CNS. As an accomplished industry veteran, he brings to Nexans strong domain experience, leadership skills, and in-depth market knowledge, which have helped him forge strong relationships with regional private and public sector businesses and the channel.
Source: Company Press Release

Meet Checkpoint’s new Regional Director for Africa

In August Check Point announced the appointment of Pankaj Bhula as the new Regional Director for Africa. With over 25 years’ experience in the IT sector, Bhula is tasked with the responsibility of driving Check Point’s market share and business growth across the continent.

He has worked for the likes of IBM, Dimension Data, Microsoft, and most recently SAP where he headed several units ranging from the Strategic Partnership Organisation to the Cloud Group and General Business Division. Bhula is an MBA graduate in Computer Science. Read the full article on ITNews Africa here.

Allen Kambuni, who is based in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, will serve as the Mobiclicks regional lead for East Africa. According to Shaun Rosen, CEO of Mobiclicks South Africa, East Africa's affordable Internet and 'impressive economic growth' make investing in the region's mobile sector imperative.Source: Media Update

Airtel names former Vodacom executive East Africa head

Airtel Africa has appointed Ian Ferrao as the Regional Director of its East Africa business, which is a newly created position that will oversee operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Mr Ferrao is the former chief executive of Vodacom Tanzania and Vodacom Lesotho before that. He also served as chief commercial officer at Vodacom Business Africa.

After his stint at Vodacom Tanzania ended last year, he was to be succeeded by Safaricom’s Sylvia Mulinge, but her appointment was later scuttled by the country’s authorities.

Mr Ferrao boasts more than 12 years experience in senior management telecommunications roles in Africa and holds a BSc Management Sciences from the Warwick Business School.

Speaking on his appointment, Airtel Africa CEO Raghunath Mandava said Mr Ferrao will operate from the Nairobi office.
Source: Business Daily