IHS, a telecoms infrastructure company based in Nigeria, has appointed Romain de Villeneuve as business development director, as part of its international expansion strategy.
Romain joins IHS from France Telecom where he led a group-wide efficiency drive, generating group savings of EUR2.5 billion. While at France Telecom, he also implemented a network sharing model in Uganda.
Romain has more than 15 years telecoms experience in business development across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Initially based in Paris, Romain will have responsibility for expanding IHS’s reach within its current markets and for driving growth across new markets in North and West Africa.
IHS has 4,000 mobile network tower sites currently under management in four African markets and is expecting to double in size over the next two years.
Issam Darwish, CEO, HIS, said: “Romain’s experience operating in Africa and Asia with some of the world’s largest mobile operators adds a new dimension to IHS and strengthens our plans for increased growth. He brings expertise in maximising value for the customer and has an excellent network in the industry – we are delighted to have him on board.”
Romain de Villeneuve said he was excited to join IHS, which he said had gained “a proven track record” of improving efficiencies and quality of services for telcos.