The Avanti Executive Team
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.
Group Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Operating Officer – Customer
Nigel Fox is the Chief Financial Officer at Avanti and sits on the Executive Committee and Executive Board. At Avanti for 11 years, he oversees all aspects of Finance and Administration for the Group.
During his tenure at Avanti, Nigel has raised and completed the financing of Avanti’s satellites HYLAS 1, HYLAS 2 and HYLAS 4. He has also played a significant role the international expansion of the company; establishing operations in Cyprus and the first U.S. hub in Washington D.C..
Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has held various senior finance roles before joining Avanti, including Chief Finance Officer at Climax Group; Group Financial Controller at ARC International; Finance Director of Ruberoid Building Products, Group Financial Controller of Ruberoid plc and Group Chief Accountant at Logica plc.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Littlejohns joined Avanti in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer – Delivery. His position encompasses Operations, Product Development and Delivery, Procurement and Supply Chain and ICT across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also sits on Avanti’s Executive Committee.
In his role he is responsible for delivering new satellite launches, all ground, network and spacecraft operations, end to end supply chain and information technology.
Prior to joining Avanti, between 2003 and 2009, Andrew held various executive roles at Vodafone, where he was responsible for all UK M&A advisory and execution, in addition to Business Development. Andrew subsequently moved to Acision, as EVP Operations, where he delivered a $150m commercial joint venture with a global MNO across 12 Latin American countries, and a multi-jurisdictional, multiple investor $120m refinancing and restructuring deal. He has subsequently worked for Private Equity investors as a CEO focussing on the transformation of underperforming businesses across a variety of sectors, including technology, security, energy and facilities management.
Chief Operating Officer – Delivery
Debbie Mavis joined Avanti in July 2018 as Group HR Director and as a member of the Executive Committee. She oversees all aspects of HR, Talent Management, Property, Internal Communications and CSR globally.
Mavis 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, Mavis 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.
Group HR Director
Natalie Mitchell is General Counsel and Group Company Secretary of Avanti. She oversees the Legal department, sits on the Executive Committee and is also Secretary to the Board.
In her role, Natalie is responsible for overseeing all aspects of legal and business affairs, in addition to advising on regulatory matters and legal risk management. She is also responsible for ensuring that Avanti maintains the highest standards of corporate governance.
Natalie joined Avanti in 2010 and became Deputy General Counsel in 2015. During her tenure at Avanti, she has headed up the opening of Avanti’s first international office in Cyprus, and helped lead global expansion of the business into Africa and the Middle East. Natalie has extensive corporate finance experience, and worked closely on securing high profile commercial agreements.
Natalie began her career in Film Acquisitions at Sky, before qualifying as a solicitor at leading media and technology specialists, Wiggin LLP. Prior to joining Avanti, she gained several years’ experience both in private practice, and in-house at Aardman Animations, BPI and ITV plc.
General Counsel and Group Company Secretary
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.
Chief of Strategy and Business Development
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 and Masters in Administrative Law and a Postgraduate in European Law.
Chief Regulatory Officer