Orange names new CEOs in MEA subsidiaries

Orange names new CEOs in MEA subsidiaries

02 SEP 2015

Orange announced a management reshuffle in four subsidiaries across Africa and the Middle East, with the company appointing three new CEOs and one deputy CEO in Guinea, Mali, Jordan and Senegal respectively.

The moves, which are “part of the group’s international mobility policy,” will see Eric Bouquillon replace Alassane Diene as CEO of Orange Guinea, with Diene taking over as CEO of Orange Mali, replacing Jean Luc Bohé.

Jordan Telecom will now be headed up by Jéróme Hénique, who departs his position as Deputy CEO of Sonatel in Senegal, where he will be replaced by Thierry Marigny.

All of the appointments will become effective from 13 September and the moves occurred at the end of the previous CEO’s terms, Orange said in a statement.

“The new CEOs all have significant executive experience in the telecommunications industry,” said Marc Rennard, EVP for Africa, Middle East and Asia. “They will continue and enhance the development of their respective subsidiaries, in an innovation driven environment. Their contribution will be vital for the Orange group, which is accelerating growth in the regions.”

New Orange Guinea CEO Bouquillon has over 30 years’ experience at the company and served as CEO and general manager of Orange Réunion and Mayotte since 2010.

He takes over from Diene, who held the position since the creation of the subsidiary in 2010.

Diene has swapped Guinea for Mali, where the company has more than 13.5 million connections in total, according to GSMA Intelligence.

Henique, who leaves Sonatel in Senegal, will be charged with growing the company’s operations in Jordan, where it has more than 3.3 million connections, compared to more than 8.5 million in the African country.

New Sonatel Senegal Deputy CEO Marigny has held numerous positions in the industry, including chief marketing officer at Mobistar and CEO of Orange Tunisia.

Orange’s CEO reshuffle comes after the company entered into exclusive talks with Airtel in July to acquire four more subsidiaries in the region in Congo Brazzaville, Chad, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso.

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