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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:02-04-2012
     Last Modified:02-04-2012 (11:56)
    Job information
     Current job:CTO
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsTechnical General Management Extensive Africa Experience Capital Projects & Project Sales Traffic Management & Forecast Commercial Pricing and Proposals Programme Management Satellite Specialist Subsea & Terrestrial Transmission Carrier Management
    CV

    Technical Director with deep practical engineering knowledge and extensive experience of providing operational leadership in a variety of cultural environments for international Telecoms companies

    Specialist Satellite engineer with broad international transmission and good interpersonal skills

    Key Skills

    Technical General Management          Extensive Africa Experience         Capital Projects & Project Sales

    Traffic Management & Forecast    Commercial Pricing and Proposals               Programme Management

    Satellite Specialist                           Subsea & Terrestrial Transmission                     Carrier Management

    Professional Experience

    Vodafone Africa Demand Management                           2010 - Date

    Vodacom Group, South Africa

    International coordinator and demand management for Vodafone Ghana, Safaricom Kenya and the Vodacom Group of 8 companies namely, Vodacom Mobile, Vodacom Business, Vodacom Mozambique, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Gateway Carrier and Vodacom Business Africa which operated in all sub-Saharan Countries. Non-executive Company Director for Gateway Communications (UK) Ltd. Specialist Satellite engineer with broad international transmission experience and good interpersonal skills

    • Africa representative on the Vodafone Group International Transmission SteerCo alongside AsiaPAC and Europe/US zones providing a unified global carrier management service for the Vodafone Group
    • Key point of contact for all 10 Vodafone Africa companies for OpCo to OpCo issues. Major Customer contact for the Group from ensuring the correct OpCo took ownership through to delivery of service
    • Initiated, championed and coordinated the formation of the Network Services Africa federated organisational structure. Organised the NSA SteerCo to be sponsored by Kenya, Ghana and SA with membership by all African COO. Centralised and promoted inter-OpCo cooperation for Customer Opportunities and Product harmonisation
    • Initiated and supported the Vodafone Group ASN nesting programme to consolidate 67 AS into two global zones which resulted in the European AS alone rising from less and 200 to a ranking of #65 globally
    • Initiated and coordinated Vodafone Africa in a group approach to contractual and engineering interactions with global content delivery networks (CDN) such as Google and Akamai
    • Carrier Management for Africa consolidating full international inventory and 5 year demand forecasts. In Nov 2011 reduced Group cost of subsea capacity by 73% for the Eastern Coast of Africa to London (all cables), and similarly in Feb 2012 by 65% on West Coast vs. best prices achieved locally. Assembled a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of all African terrestrial networks


    Executive Director Technical & CTO                                2009 - 2010

    Gateway Communications Africa (UK) Ltd., p/o Vodacom South Africa

    London, England

    Gateway Group was purchased end of 2008 for US$700 million by the Vodacom Group and continued to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. Increased satellite capacity to 2.5 GHz (73 transponders), as well as an early adopter of submarine capacity down the East and West Coasts of Africa.

    • Executive Company Director for Gateway Communications (UK) Ltd. and member of ExCo
    • Originator and development of a Vodafone Group IPX initiative to centralise international switched voice for Western Europe as part of cost cutting for the Gateway Group. On-going participant of the Vodafone Carrier (voice) Business Working Group optimising destination and pricing for voice traffic
    • Originator and champion of the Vodacom Group pan African Transmission Network initiative (PAN) to consolidate international capacity ownership and management, reduce costs and to augment terrestrial network build
    • Reconfigured Vodacom Group space capacity to save $200k/mth. Engaged with O3b on multiple Business Cases. Consulted for Vodafone Fiji, Vodafone New Zealand and Digicel Caribbean in satellite network considerations
    • Contract management of all submarine and space capacity. Renegotiated capacity on the Seacom submarine cable to the advantage of Gateway Group, converting at a factor of 1:5 at no extra cost by emphasising mutual strategic advantage

    Group CTO                                     2005 - 2009

    Gateway Communications Africa (UK) Ltd.,

    London, England

    Terrestrial and satellite transmission services to Cellular Operators in all Sub Saharan African Countries generated an annual revenue of $350 million. Seven African offices located across the Continent from Nigeria to Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. Cellular backhaul, internet and international voice services provided via 1.5 GHz (43 transponders) of space capacity, and terrestrially via submarine cables. Member of the Executive Management Committee (ExCo).

    • Management of the Core Engineering and Design function for switched voice and transmission systems
    • Overall responsibility for all Group CAPEX. Established Group Business Case policy and process
    • Sole negotiator for purchase of capacity, particularly space capacity due to the high value and required technical expertise
    • Responsible for technical due diligence for the acquisition of the GS Telecom Group

    Technical Director & Chief Operating Officer                      2004 - 2005

    Link Africa, part of Celtel International

    Gosselies, Belgium

    Managed in rapid growth environment of CAGR of 49% generating an annual revenue of $62 million, serving network operators in more than 20 African countries providing cellular backhaul, international carrier voice and data

    • Refocused from “Fortress Link Africa”, to “door to door” Customer care and support. Introduced IP and Satcom Consultancy Services providing design, support and in-country technical audits to Customers reviewing technical standards, documentation and staffing competency
    • Changed pricing structure from link based to satellite resource based thereby matching costs with revenue. Completed full system reinstallation to world class engineering standards
    • NGN Soft Switch (VoIP) project including integration with existing TDM switch and signalling systems. Managed staff to achieve post commissioning incremental doubling of switch capacity in 6 months

    Consultant                               2003

    Link Africa, part of Celtel International

    Gosselies, Belgium

    Reverted to satcom engineering roots establishing system discipline, link budget analysis, system design, upgraded customer care and optimised all customer links. General project manager for multiple remote installations, particularly project managed large multiple satellite earth station relocations and renovation project in Celtel Congo DRC

    General Manager, Projects                          1999 - 2002

    GS Telecom (Guernsey) Ltd

    Lagos, Nigeria

    Established the business unit, produced all SBU business plans, capital and operating budgets. Responsible for financial control of the SBU including tendering and pricing, sales, invoicing, purchasing and stores control and overall P&L

    Consultant                       1998 - 1999

    KPN-Orange

    Brussels, Belgium

    Established and managed the Integration and Testing Group responsible for laboratory and network integration acceptance

    Manager, Operations &  Engineering            1996 - 1998

    Cable and Wireless (WI) Ltd.
    Anguilla, Caribbean

    Responsible for the Country’s communication systems from outside line plant through national and international facilities. Maintained Departmental focus on the fast provision of new and innovative solutions for customer services and products, contributing to Anguilla’s position at the top of Caribbean wide Customer Satisfaction surveys

    ESA Station Director                      1990 - 1996

    European Space Agency Downrange Rocket Telemetry Station
    Ascension Island

    Management of the Ascension Rocket Tracking and Telemetry Station for the European Space Agency (ESA), Arianespace and the French National Space Agency (CNES). Tracked the Ariane and Delta II rockets every 3 weeks as well as low orbit Earth observation satellites.All communications whether verbal or written were in French

    Senior Radio & Earth Station Engineer                1985 - 1990

    Cable and Wireless Satellite Communications, Bermuda

    Earth Station Shift Engineer                                1984 - 1985

    Mercury Communications London Digital Earth Station, England

    NASA Shuttle ComTech & Earth Station Technician                        1981 - 1984

    Botswana, Africa

    Additional Information

    Qualifications:        BTEC HND & OND in Electronics and Communications Engineering
                                Diploma NASA Air/Ground Communications
                                A levels Physics & Mathematics

    Languages:            English (native), Technical French

    Nationality:            British


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