February 18th, 2021, London, England
Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd. ("Group") Announces Significant Changes in its Leadership
Ms. Irene Charnley and Mr. Mohammad Wajih Sharbatly retire from the Group's Board of Directors; The Group's Board announces several new appointments to reinforce the Group in the coming era of Telecoms transformation.
Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd., (www.Smilecoms.com) a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, announced after its board meeting held on January 15th, 2021, significant changes in the leadership of the Group's board and management.
The Group announced the retirement of Ms. Irene Charnley and Mr. Mohammed Wajih Sharbatly from the Group's Board and all boards of the operating companies, effective January 1ST 2021.
Ms. Irene Charnley, the Founder of Smile, has retired as Deputy Chairman from the Smile Telecoms Limited Board.
Mr. Mohammad Wajih Sharbatly is a Co- Founder of Smile and has acted as Co-Chairman of the Group through December 2020.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Ibrahim H. Sharbatly, Chairman of the Group said "Today we say farewell to our Founder and Deputy Chairman, Ms. Irene Charnley. We wish her all success in her new endeavors."
"We also want to say farewell to our Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Mr. Mohammad Wajih H. Sharbatly."
"May God bless them both."
Smile Telecom Holdings, in its Board meeting on January 15th, 2021, also announced the following Nominations:
"While we understand the desire of our Founders to retire after a challenging journey, we have been preparing over the past months for the future. We want to ensure that we bring the best competencies on board to enable the Group to face the various challenges and transformations that the Telecoms sector faces and take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Africa is the fastest-growing continent globally, and data is the new future in the world we live in," concluded Mr. Ibrahim Sharbatly.
Commenting on the changes Ahmad Farroukh, Group CEO, added, "I am looking forward to working with the new Board Members and counting on their diverse experience to prepare for the company's future in the challenging times the industry is going through."
Finally, Smile announced that the Group Board approved the Head Office and Centre of Main Interest (COMI) of Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd to shift from Mauritius to England and Wales.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd.
Nicolene van Zyl
Group Head: Corporate Communications and Marketing
Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd
About Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd:
Founded in 2007, with its head office in England, Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd (www.Smilecoms.com) is a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and 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, 800 MHz band, and mid-band.
Smile was the first to launch VoLTE on its network and continued its innovation, introducing SmileVoice, a free mobile app. SmileVoice 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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