The executive team led by Kyle Whitehill combines a wealth of talent and experience from a range of telecommunications backgrounds. The executive team is committed to providing the highest quality service to customers and cultivating the Avanti experience for all the company employees.
Kyle Whitehill joined Avanti in April 2018 as the Group Chief Executive Officer.
Kyle has extensive experience in the FMCG, mobile, fixed and converged products industries. Prior to joining Avanti, he served as CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa, where he focused on operational excellence, customer experience and talent investment led to significant company growth during his tenure.
For 16 years Kyle held various senior leadership positions at Vodafone Group, including CEO of Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. from 2013 to 2016, CEO of Vodafone Ghana from 2010 to 2013, COO of Vodafone India and Chairman of Vodafone India PTY from 2008 to 2010, Enterprise Business Unit Director and board member for Vodafone UK from 2004 to 2008 and Sales Director and Strategic Relationships Director for Vodafone UK between 2001 and 2004.
His early career was spent at fast moving consumer goods companies L’Oreal, Diagio and Guinness before he entered general management within the soft drinks division of PepsiCo.
Libby Barr is the Chief Operating Officer – Customer, at Avanti and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Joining Avanti in January 2019, Libby oversees the end-to-end customer relationship encompassing Sales, Wholesale, Product Management, Marketing and Commercial.
Prior to Avanti, Libby was at BT for nine years. As Managing Director of Customer Care she was a key member of the BT Consumer leadership team who grew revenues by more than £1.2bn in five years. Libby was also responsible for the strategic vision, leadership and transformation of a 10,000 strong Customer Care organisation across more than 30 worldwide sites.
Libby began her career at Vodafone. At the company for 22 years she held positions in both the global and UK organisations, leading the Enterprise Sales and Service organisations. In addition, Libby was a Trustee of the Vodafone Foundation.
Debbie Mavis joined Avanti Communication Group plc (Avanti) in July 2018 as Group HR Director and as a member of the Executive Committee. She oversees all aspects of HR, ICT, Property, Internal Communications and CSR globally.
Debbie has over 20 years’ experience working in telecommunications and banking. Before joining Avanti she held the role of Director of Talent and Resourcing at TSB Bank for six years, where she was instrumental in the divestment of the entity from Lloyds Banking Group, the build of TSB, flotation and the subsequent acquisition by Banco de Sabadell.
At Vodafone for 12 years, Debbie held a number of senior roles, initially in Vodafone UK including Head of Business Partnering, UK Head of Resourcing and Head of Employee Engagement. In 2006, she moved to a European regional role to lead Executive Resourcing, Talent Management across fourteen countries with global accountability for Talent and Resourcing in Group Marketing and Global Technology. She built strong succession capability in all the European Markets and coached and mentored Executives across the Group.
Rob Plews is the Chief Financial Officer at Avanti Communications Group plc (Avanti) and a member of the Executive Committee. Rob is responsible for all aspects of finance for the Group including investor relations, delivering meaningful commercial insight and day-to-day operations.
At Avanti for six years, he originally joined as Deputy CFO. During his tenure Rob has been instrumental in completing the financing of Avanti’s HYLAS 3 and HYLAS 4 satellites and is focussed on supporting the organisation to deliver its strategic goals.
Rob is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was a Director in the Technology, Telecommunications & Media team at BDO LLP for 14 years. Prior to joining Avanti, Rob was Group Financial Controller at Harkand Group, a private equity owned international subsea services group.
Scott Richardson is the Chief Technology Officer at Avanti. In his position, Scott leads all Operational and Network functions which accounts for over half the business. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.
Joining Avanti in 2005, Scott designed and built the foundations of Avanti’s global network and production systems, obtaining Avanti’s very first patents.
Originally appointed as Head of Networks and IT, the role evolved as Avanti expanded internationally. In 2008, Scott became the Director of Network Operations and Software Development. In that position, he oversaw all global network operations and software development in line with Avanti’s satellite launches.
Scott is an experienced executive, with a record of accomplishment leading teams to develop and deploy innovative technology solutions that drive increases in revenue, service scale, and operational efficiencies. Before joining Avanti, he held key roles at Eutelsat, Kokua Communications Ltd, and UDcast.
Toby Robinson is the Chief of Strategy and Business Development at Avanti and a member of the Executive Committee. He joined the company in October 2017 with thirty years’ experience in international Telecoms Media and Technology.
At Avanti, Toby is responsible for the development of the company strategy and driving large wholesale bandwidth deals with other major players in the satellite industry. He led the business development process resulting in the signing of Avanti’s largest commercial contract to date.
Prior to joining Avanti, Toby was group Chief Commercial Officer at Eaton Towers from 2008 to 2017. As a member of the start-up management team, who grew the business to 5,000 towers across Africa, he was responsible for the acquisition of all the towers in the network. He oversaw all negotiations with Bharti Airtel and Orange in the acquisitions programme and dealt with key customers in the region, including Vodafone, MTN, Etisalat, Google and Africell.
Toby began his career as a strategy consultant working at Bain & Co, before moving on to Arthur Andersen as a Partner. In 2003, he took the role of Managing Director Europe at Mercator Partners and in 2004 joined OC&C Strategy Consultants as a Partner in their Telecoms, Media & Technology practice.
Bridget Sheldon-Hill is the General Counsel and Group Company Secretary at Avanti Communications Group plc (Avanti). Joining the company in January 2020, Bridget oversees the Legal Department, sits on the Executive Committee and is Secretary to the Board.
In her role, Bridget is responsible for supporting all areas of the business across EMEA and the U.S.A. to structure legal and commercial frameworks and support global network initiatives.
Prior to joining Avanti, Bridget held numerous senior leadership roles. After spending 7 years as a senior associate at Allen & Overy LLP, where she was co-head of the Africa Desk and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice, she took up the position of Group General Counsel for Eaton Towers, a passive infrastructure company supporting mobile network operators through investment in and construction of mobile phone towers. Bridget was appointed to establish a legal function and drive growth within Africa. In the role for five years, she was responsible for litigation and compliance management, M&A negotiations and implementation, in addition to serving on the executive management team.
Bridget also spent two and a half years at the Pinewood Studio Group as a member of the management committee, Group General Counsel and Secretary to the Board. During her time at Pinewood she was involved in the successful refinancing of the business as well as the negotiation and implementation of long-term contracts with Netflix and Disney.
Ann Vandenbroucke is Chief Regulatory Officer at Avanti. Ann joined the company in 2018 and together with her team deals with all regulatory matters related to safeguarding Avanti’s spectrum, orbital positions, and market access. In 2019 she joined the Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Avanti, Ann spent 10 years as a regulator, including a spell at the European Communications Office. She was a Director at Inmarsat for 18 years. In the role, Ann set up the Regulatory department, leading and enabling Inmarsat’s ventures into new markets (voice, aero) and new frequency bands (Ka-band, S band) worldwide. In 2014, she was appointed Head of Regulatory for the European Aviation Network, the first hybrid terrestrial/satellite network, set up by Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat to bring internet to aircraft.
Ann thrives in an international environment and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of policies and regulations to facilitate services that make a difference. She holds a Masters in Administrative Law and a Postgraduate in European Law.