Orange replaces its CEOs in Africa

French telecom group makes sweeping changes to management of African ops
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France Telecom has replaced the CEOs for seven of its operations in Africa and the Middle East.

The telecom group, which trades under the Orange brand, said that it had replaced its CEOs in Niger, Madagascar, Mali, Tunisia, Mauritius, Senegal and Jordan, effective from October 1. The appointments fall within the group’s “international mobility policy” and were made at the end of the contracts of the departing CEOs, it said in a statement.

The new appointments are:

Brelotte Ba is CEO of Orange Niger, succeeding Jean-Louis Branco;

Michel Barré is appointed CEO of Orange Madagascar, succeeding Jean-Luc Bohé;

Jean-Luc Bohé is appointed CEO of Orange Mali, succeeding Alioune Ndiaye;

Didier Charvet is appointed CEO of Orange Tunisia, succeeding Thierry Marigny;

Nathalie Clere is appointed deputy CEO of Mauritius Telecom, succeeding Jean-François Thomas;

Alioune Ndiaye is appointed CEO of Sonatel in Senegal, succeeding Cheikh Tidiane Mbaye; and

Jean-François Thomas is appointed CEO of Jordan Telecom, succeeding Nayla Khawam.

Marc Rennard, senior executive vice president of France Telecom-Orange for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, said: “All of the new CEOs have substantial international experience in the telecommunications sector. I am confident in their ability to continue to develop the activities of these seven subsidiaries, where we operate under the Orange brand.

"I also wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to each of their predecessors, who made significant contributions to the growth and solid economic performance of their companies. Development in Africa and the Middle East, where the group is present in 20 countries, is a major goal for Orange, which has set its sights on reaching EUR7 billion in revenues in the region by 2015.”

The news follows numerous senior-level management changes at operators across the region including Etisalat, STC Group and Zain.

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