Board of Directors

Alen Harper

Alan Harper
Chairman

Alan joined in March 2017. He has extensive Non Executive and Executive Experience Chairman of Azuri Technologies, Chairman and Non-Executive Director at Gigabit Fibre, Lead Non-Executive Director at MTN. Alan co-founded Eaton Towers in 2008 and was CEO until early 2015. Prior to this Alan spent 12 years at Vodafone Group. Alan is a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Kyle Whitehill
Group Chief Executive Officer

Kyle has held various CEO roles in the Telecommunications industry, most recently CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa, formerly known as Neotel. Previously Kyle spent 15 years with Vodafone Group plc, holding various CEO, COO and Executive Board Member roles in 4 continents. CEO  of Vodafone Qatar 2013-2016, CEO of Vodafone Ghana 2010 – 2013. COO India and Chairman of Vodafone India PTY – 2008 to 2010. Prior to that Kyle spent 7 years in Vodafone UK, most latterly  as Enterprise Business Unit Director and Board member.

Sean Berry
Non-Executive Director

Sean joined in 2021. He is a member of Blackrock’s Global Credit Platform. He is an investment professional focused on the direct lending and special situations credit strategies. He is a member of US Private Capital’s Management Operating Committee and leads the Talent Management & Development vertical for the group.
Sean held a similar role at Tennenbaum Capital Partners prior to its acquisition by BlackRock in 2018. He began his career at UBS Investment Bank’s Growth Capital and Restructuring Group and has experience in a variety of transactions including leveraged buyouts, private placements and debt financings across several industries.

He currently chairs the Santa Monica office Community Service Committee and is member of the Global Credit Human Capital Committee. Sean earned a B.A. (honors) in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Craig Chobor

Craig Chobor
Non-Executive Director

Craig joined in 2016.
He holds various Non-Executive Director roles in Telecommunications including FiberTower, Terrestar, NextWave Wireless Inc, and Panavision and Director of Research for Solus Alternative Asset Management. Prior to this Craig was the Managing Director of Stanfield Capital Partners.

Adam M. Kleinman

Adam M. Kleinman
Non-Executive Director

Adam joined in 2019.
Adam is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and the Chief Compliance Officer of Great Elm Capital Corp. Prior to joining Great Elm, Mr. Kleinman was a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at a Boston-based registered investment adviser from 2009 to 2017. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Kleinman was an Associate in the Banking and Leveraged Finance group at Bingham McCutchen LLP where he represented leading financial institutions, hedge funds and corporate borrowers in a broad range of commercial finance transactions. Mr. Kleinman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College in 1997 with a BA in History and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.

Richard Mastoloni

Richard Mastoloni
Non-Executive Director

Richard joined Avanti in 2016.
His experience spans Telecommunications and Investment Banking.
He was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Loral Space & Communications Inc., a multi-billion dollar US based satellite telecommunications company, prior to that Richard was a senior banker for JP Morgan Securities.

Derek Smith
Non-Executive Director

Derek joins Avanti Communications Group plc as a Non Executive Director on 1 June 2021. Prior to this, Derek was a Senior Partner in EY’s Transaction Diligence Team in London. He is one of the most experienced Transaction Diligence Professionals in Europe, specialising in M&A for nearly 30 years and has wealth of buy side, sell side and capital markets transaction experience. Since 2000, Derek has focused on the TMT sector, including telecoms, software and IT services and telecoms infrastructure. Derek joined EY in 1990, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Aswell as his broader responsibilities as a Non executive Director of Avanti, Derek will act as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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