The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, Gateway Earth Stations, datacentres and a fibre ring

Board of Directors

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  • Paul Walsh


    Paul Walsh

    Paul Walsh is the former CEO of Diageo Plc. He is also Chairman of Compass Group and Chime Communications and a Non-Executive Director of FedEx Corporation and RM2. Paul became Chairman of Avanti in March 2014. Paul is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of Remuneration Committee.

  • Kyle Whitehill

    Chief Executive

    Kyle Whitehill

    Kyle was appointed a Chief Executive of Avanti Communications on 3 April 2018. He joins Avanti from Liquid Telecom Group, where he has been CEO of Liquid Telecom, South Africa since March 2017. Previously, Kyle was with Vodafone Group for almost 15 years, where he served as CEO of Vodafone Qatar, overseeing the successful launch of the country’s fastest 4G+ network, CEO of Vodafone Ghana for three years, establishing the company as a market leader in both fixed-line and enterprise services, and COO of Vodafone India, having initially spent almost seven years leading one of Vodafone’s biggest enterprise business units in the competitive UK market.

  • David Bestwick

    Technical Director

    David Bestwick

    David is a co‑founder of the Company. David graduated from the University of Leicester in 1987 with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. Following three years at Marconi Research Centre, he joined VEGA Group PLC in 1990 where he worked on a wide range of satellite applications projects.

    David is responsible for all new technology and project developments.

  • Nigel Fox

    Group Financial Director

    Nigel Fox

    Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and has held various senior finance roles before joining Avanti Communications in 2007, including Chief Financial Officer of Climax Group; Group Financial Controller at ARC International; Finance Director of Ruberoid Building Products, and Group Financial Controller of Ruberoid Plc.

    Nigel is responsible for all aspects of Finance and Administration of the Group.

  • Craig Chobor

    Non-Executive Director

    Craig Chobor

    Craig Chobor joined Solus at its inception in July 2007, and has been a member of the hedge fund investment team since the funds’ inceptions under the management of Stanfield. Mr. Chobor joined Stanfield in 1999 as a Credit Analyst covering retail, cable, euro cable, printing, publishing, television, radio, media, wireless, and satellite telecommunication. Mr. Chobor began his career at Scudder Kemper Investments in 1997 as a Senior Associate/Portfolio Assistant in the Emerging Markets Group. Mr. Chobor received a BS in Economics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995, and an MBA in Finance from Pace University in 2001. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the Association of Investment Management and Research.  In connection with his role at Solus, he currently serves as a board member for TerreStar Corp., Nextwave Holdco LLC, Panavision Corp and FiberTower

  • Michael Leitner

    Non-Executive Director

    Michael Leitner is a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and additionally developed and managed the Company’s global colocation services business.  Prior to 360 networks, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Avanti, Integra Telecom and Core Media. Mr Leitner has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • Peter Reed

    Non-Executive Director

    Peter Reed

    Peter is the Chief Investment Officer of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Great Elm Capital Corp. Mr. Reed was an investment banking analyst at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and debt and equity private placements for middle market companies. Mr. Reed is currently a Director of International Wire Group Holdings Inc., Avanti Communications Group plc and Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board of Great Elm Capital Corp. and Chairman of the Board of Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., and is a Trustee of the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. Mr. Reed earned his BS in Finance from Miami University in 2002.

  • Paul Johnson

    Non-Executive Director

    Paul Johnson

    Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He spent 24 years as a partner in KPMG, working with companies in a variety of different industries in both the listed and private sectors. For the last 12 years he was Chairman of KPMG’s London Region. Paul is the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

  • Richard Mastoloni

    Non-Executive Director

    Richard Mastoloni

    Richard Mastoloni is an experienced senior executive working in the satellite industry for the past 20 years.  From 1997 until 2013, Mr. Mastoloni was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Loral Space & Communications Inc., a multi-billion dollar US based satellite telecommunications company which owned the fourth largest satellites services company, Telesat Canada, as well as one of the largest satellite manufacturers, Space Systems Loral.  Prior to Loral, Mr. Mastoloni was a senior banker for JP Morgan Securities.

  • Chris McLaughlin

    Non-Executive Director

    Chris McLaughlin

    Chris McLaughlin is a FTSE-experienced, corporate and government marketing and communications specialist. He has an extensive background within new and emerging technology sectors. Joining Inmarsat plc in March 2004, prior to the successful 2005 IPO, he was a member of the senior executive management team and Chief Marketing Officer until January 2017. He was responsible for all global government, reputational, CSR, marketing, brand and sponsorship activity at the company. Chris has wide experience in emerging markets and demanding regulatory environments. Producer and host of multiple global partner events, he was also responsible for the technology-proving, Volvo Ocean Race sponsorship from 2005, which continues. He has held similar international roles at Philip Morris International, Visa International, ITV, The BBC and worked in the Private Equity environment, acquiring and operating cable television groups in Europe.

  • Andy Green

    Senior Independent Director / Non-Executive Director

    Andy Green

    Andy is chairman of IG Group and the Digital Catapult. He was a non-executive director on the Board of ARM Holdings plc and the CBI and, until 2012, Andy was CEO of Logica plc. Prior to joining Logica, Andy was a Board member at BT plc. Andy also is co-chair of the UK Space Leadership Council and Vice Chair of the Disasters and Emergencies Committee. Andy is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee.

  • Alan Harper

    Non-Executive Director

    Alan Harper

    From 10 August 2017 to 2 April 2018, Alan Harper was interim Chief Executive Officer of Avanti. On 3 April 2018, as envisaged Alan stepped down to the role of Non-Executive Director. Alan is also Chairman of Azuri Technologies, Chairman and Non-Executive Director at Gigabit Fibre, a Non-Executive Director at MTN, and is a leading figure in the mobile network industry for both the UK and Africa. Alan co-founded Eaton Towers in 2008, a leading telecom tower company and held the position of Chief Executive Officer until early 2015. Operational since 2010, Eaton Towers has established over 5,000 towers across seven African countries and serves major mobile operators such as Airtel, MTN, Orange, Tigo, Vodacom and Vodafone. Prior to founding Eaton Towers, Alan spent 12 years at Vodafone Group PLC in various roles including MD of Vodafone Ltd and as the Group Strategy Director, focusing notably on growth in emerging markets.