Avanti Communications Group PLC

Directorate Change


Avanti Communications Group plc (AIM: AVN, “Avanti” or “the Company”), today announces that Kyle Whitehill will join the board of Avanti as Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 3 April 2018.

Kyle 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.

Following the arrival of Mr Whitehill, Alan Harper, Interim CEO, will resume his role as NED of the Company from 3 April 2018. The Board thanks Mr Harper for his important contribution during a demanding period in the Company’s history.

Kyle Whitehill commented:
‘I am delighted to be part of Avanti’s new beginning. As HYLAS 4 is launched, a new story will be written. There is great opportunity here. We are bringing much needed, secure and reliable broadband communications services to communities, governments and companies across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In Africa, we will help transform a continent by bringing communications and opportunity to unserved communities.

I look forward to working with the team at Avanti and, with my contacts across these regions, to deliver great services to Avanti’s customers and great results for its investors.’

Paul Walsh, Chairman, commented:

‘We welcome Kyle, who has the right skills and experience to drive and deliver Avanti’s refreshed growth strategy. His significant international experience and leadership skills will lead the Avanti team in building on the exciting opportunities created by the launch of HYLAS 4.

I would like also to thank Alan Harper for leading the company so expertly over the past months.’


Enquiries

AvantiNigel Fox, Patrick Willcocks
Tel: +44 20 7749 1600
Cenkos Securities (Nomad)Max Hartley, Nicholas Wells
Tel: +44 207 397 8900
Montfort:Nick Miles / James Olley
Tel: +44 (0)203 770 7909

 

Full name (age)Current directorships:Previous directorships:
Kyle David Whitehill (55)Liquid Telecom SA

KDW International Limited

TWO Sound Limited

W F Music Limited

KDWI 38KW Limited

EZDAN International Residential Limited

EZDAN International Asset Management Limited

 

Mr Whitehill does not currently hold any interests in the ordinary shares of the Company.

There are no further disclosures to be made pursuant to Schedule Two, Paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules in respect of Mr Whitehill’s appointment.

This announcement contains inside information.