Eaton Towers has a highly experienced management team with a strong track record in Africa.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER : TERENCE EDWARD RHODES
Mr. Terence Edward Rhodes, also known as Terry, is a Co-Founder (in 2009) and CEO of Eaton Towers.
Previously as a co-founder of Celtel International B.V. (1998) Terry led the mobile telephony roll-out across 16 countries in Africa and was on the board of many of the operating subsidiaries including Uganda, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Niger, Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Celtel was sold in 2005 to Zain for $3.4bilion.
Prior to Celtel he worked with Mobile Systems International, Cable & Wireless Communications, British Telecom and Cellnet, now O2. Mr. Rhodes is also an occasional lecturer at London Business School, where he was an Entrepreneur in Residence in 2007. He started his career as an Economist at UK Government departments including HM Treasury. He is an active investor and adviser to start-up companies, and has acted as a director for a number of small companies in technology, services, and property sectors. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of the LSE listed VCT company, Puma VCT 9 plc (PUM9) since 2012.
Terry holds an M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics, an M.B.A. (Distinction) from London Business School and is a graduate of their Investment Management Programme.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER : PETER LEWIS
Peter Lewis is the Group CFO of Eaton Towers with over 25 years’ in global telecoms finance and over 20 years of African experience.
Peter joined Eaton Towers in 2011 from Millicom, where he was the Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance, from 1999-2010, responsible for all group debt (raised over $1bn in debt finance for Africa) and M&A.
One of the last strategic sales he headed at Millicom was the sale of its towers in Ghana, which was the first sale of a tower portfolio by an operator in Africa.
Prior to Millicom, Peter spent 10 years as an Investment Banker with ABN AMRO in London, Amsterdam and Singapore.
Peter is an Associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers and has an MBA/MBI from Erasmus, Rotterdam School of Management.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER : PANKAJ KULSHRESTHA
Pankaj Kulshrestha has nearly 30 years of experience in telecoms out of which the last 11 years have been in tower sector.
Mr Kulshrestha joined the company in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. He has extensive operational experience in the Indian telecom market.
Prior to joining Eaton Towers, Mr Kulshrestha spent a significant part of his career (September 2008 – December 2013) in American Tower Corporation where he was the VP Operations and Regional Head North & West in India, and part of the company’s core group for M&A activities, leading both operational due diligence and post-acquisition integration activities.
He holds a B.Tech. in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MDBA (Marketing).
MANAGING DIRECTOR, GHANA : GARETH TOWNLEY
Gareth Townley is Managing Director of Eaton Towers Ghana.
Gareth has over 15 years’ of leadership experience in African telecoms.Prior to joining Eaton Towers in 2012, Gareth was CEO at Viasat Broadcasting from 2008 to 2011. Previously Gareth was CEO for Millicom’s cellular businesses in Sierra Leone and Ghana from 2003 to 2007.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EAST AFRICA : SOBAN PASHA
Soban Pasha is the Managing Director East Africa responsible for operations in Kenya and Uganda, with over 20 years of experience in telecom, with last 16 years as CEO in various countries in Africa.
Prior to joining Eaton Towers, worked as country CEO for a number of opcos in Millicom, followed by Orascom in Nepal and Namibia and American Towers in Ghana. Specializes in startups (including ATC Ghana), turnaround and driving growth with proven track record during last 15 years. Formerly Board member for Millicom in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, Orascom in Nepal and Namibia, American Towers in Ghana and currently Eaton Towers in Uganda and Kenya.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, BURKINA FASO & NIGER : LAOUALI ADAMOU
Laouali Adamou is the Managing Director of Eaton Towers for Burkina Faso and Niger.
He has 19 years of experience in the Telecoms Industry with Celtel ( now Airtel), Telecel ( now Moov) and SahelCom (now Niger Telecom). He has a good knowledge of many African markets where he worked for Multinationals at senior management positions. Prior to joining Eaton Towers, Laouali was Managing Director of SahelCom and was honored with international and national recognition and awards for his performances and contributions.
DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, UGANDA : JIM BURNS
Jim Burns is Deputy Managing Director for Eaton Towers Uganda.
He has over 30 years experience in telecom operations, startups and projects and has worked throughout Africa for the past 18 years. Jim has worked across various sectors within telecoms in his native country Australia and then throughout Western Europe and Africa. He has held executive and senior management positions in technical operations, planning, regulatory and commercial operations.Jim has worked for Eaton Towers since its first operation in Ghana where he helped develop and manage technical operations for Eaton Towers Ghana and most recently oversaw the acquisition of Kenya Towers (Airtel) and was responsible for developing the startup operations for Eaton Towers Kenya
DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, BURKINA FASO : JEAN TSHIMPAKA
Jean Tshimpaka is the Deputy Managing Director for Burkina Faso. He was previously Country Manager and Managed Services Chief Operating Officer for Ericsson in Chad. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jean Tshimpaka has worked at Ericsson for six years before joining EatonTowers. Prior to Ericsson , Jean Tshimpaka held C level position in various Telecoms companies including Celtel , Zain and Infratech.
Jean Tshimpaka and his family (a wife and five children) moved to Canada from the DRC in 2006. He visits his family in British Colombia every 3 months. Jean Tshimpaka graduated with a degree in electronic engineering from ISTA in DRC. He then received a grant from ITU for two years specialization in Telecoms engineering (spent in both ITU center in DRC and in Geneva). He also studied International Business Management at University of Phoenix and he is currently enrolled in MBA program with University of Cumbria
DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, KENYA : ASHUTOSH SINGH
Ashutosh Singh is the Deputy Managing Director of Eaton Towers Kenya and has around 14 years of experience in the Telecom Infrastructure services industry out of which 12 years has been in the telecom tower leasing space (India and Africa).
Prior to joining Eaton Towers, he was General Manager – Key Accounts for tower lease sales at Airtel Africa (Africa Towers) where he played a significant role in closing tower lease agreements with Safaricom, Millicom, Vodacom and MTN across different Airtel markets in Africa. He successfully led the addition of 1000 plus colocation tenants on the tower portfolio during his tenure at Airtel. He is also the founder member of GTL Infrastructure which is one of the oldest independent tower companies in India. He was also instrumental in closing the first ever tower leasing contract with Vodafone India back in 2007