* Microsoft has announced that Michel van der Bel has been promoted to the position of VP for the public sector for the EMEA region.

* Larbi Guedira will manage Maroc Telecom’s new combined services. He previously headed the mobile division in the company.

* Celtel Madagascar will have as its Managing Director, Emilienne Macauley (Mrs.) from Cape Verde, making her the sole woman holding such a position in the Celtel network.