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Smile Telecoms appoints Farroukh, new Group Chief Executive Officer

 ——- Irene Charnley, Founder of Smile, now Deputy Chairman  Smile Telecoms, a Pan-­African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has announced the appointments of Mr. Ahmad Farroukh as Group Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy Chairman, respectively, effective 1 June 2019. Ahmad Farroukh, […]


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 ——- Irene Charnley,
Founder of Smile, now Deputy Chairman 





Smile Telecoms, a Pan-­African
telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, has announced the appointments of Mr. Ahmad
Farroukh as Group Chief Executive Officer and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy
Chairman, respectively, effective 1 June 2019.





Ahmad Farroukh, who currently serves as
Smile's Group Executive Director, Operations, is a seasoned and experienced
telecoms executive with a distinguished record of commercial and operational
success. Mr. Farroukh's vast experience extends to executive management
positions at Investcom Holdings and the MTN Group (where he served as CEO of
MTN Nigeria, MTN South Africa and Group Chief Operating Executive, responsible
for 19 countries) and immediately prior to joining Smile, as CEO of Mobily,
Saudi Arabia's second largest telecommunications operator. Given the extent of
the opportunity and the significance to Smile, Ahmad will spend the majority of
his executive time in Nigeria.





Mr. Ahmad Farroukh, Ms. Irene Charnley
Ms. Irene Charnley




Hailed as one of Africa's most successful business leaders, Smile Telecoms founder, and shareholder, Irene Charnley has led the Company's innovation and pioneering of Africa's first 4G LTE network infrastructure, using low band spectrum in 800MHz band, thereby revolutionizing the way people in Africa accessed high-speed internet. After 12 years at the helm, Ms. Charnley will now serve as Deputy Chairman for the Company and will fulfill a strategic role.





Commenting on the announcement, Mohammed
H. Sharbatly, Smile's Co-­Chairman and Group CEO of Smile's majority
shareholder, Al Nahla Group of KSA, said   The Africa telecoms market is as
dynamic as it is challenging, and Ahmad is suited to lead Smile's next exciting
phase of growth, as we have transitioned from a spectrum rich upstart to the
fastest, most reliable data gigabyte factory in Sub-­Sahara Africa. We are
equally delighted that Irene will continue to serve the company she founded as
Deputy Chair, and we look forward to her ongoing strategic direction and
guidance.  





   The next phase for Smile will focus on
delivering excellent operational returns, achieving profitability and creating
value for all stakeholders, and I believe that Ahmed is best suited to lead the
Company forward in this regard  , added Irene Charnley.





“Africa is experiencing explosive
data growth, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead the operations
of one of the continent's best 4G LTE networks at this exciting time. It has
also been a revelation after over 20 years in the industry to witness the power
and versatility of Smile's proprietary technology applications platform, which
was developed in-­house and provides a huge competitive and cost
advantage,” concluded Ahmad Farroukh.





Smile, founded in 2007, is a Mauritius-­based
Pan-­African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania,
Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. The company has
one of the largest sub-­1 GHz 4G LTE commercial networks in Africa, operating
in the   future proof' low band, 800MHz band, and mid band.





Smile was the
first to launch VoLTE on its network and has continued with its innovation,
having introduced SmileVoice, which is a free mobile app that enables customers
with any Android or Apple iPhone device (including those which are not VoLTE-­enabled)
to make SuperClear voice calls over Smile's 4G LTE network. Smile was also the
first to introduce an Unlimited offering, which enables SuperFast data and
SuperClear voice, all on one bundle.


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