As CEO of WIOCC, Chris leads the executive team responsible for all elements of the companyís global operations including corporate and product strategy, worldwide sales, finance, IT management, resource planning and operations. Chris joined WIOCC as CEO in 2008, driving the company through its start-up phase and into full-scale operations. Chris is the chairman of EASSy Management Committee (MC).
His career spans nearly 20 years in the telecommunications industry. A qualified accountant, Chris has held leadership positions in a variety of fields in major telecommunications companies. Before joining WIOCC in 2008, Chris was VP Commercial Operations, Marketing & Product Development at FLAG Telecom (now Reliance Globalcom), a global network services provider.
Chrisís interests include skiing, golf, scuba diving, travelling, rugby and hockey.
James implements sales and marketing strategies while managing customer relations across Africa.
His career spans 15 years in sales, marketing and business to business operations. He joined WIOCC in 2009 from the Afsat Communication Group where he was General Manager, Kenya and Group Head of Special Projects amongst other positions over the past 8 years.
He holds an MBA from ESAMI/ MsM, Project Management certification, C.I.M certification and undertook his undergraduate studies at JKUAT. His interests include community service, keeping fit and travelling.
As COO, Ryan is responsible for developing and managing all WIOCC product offerings, as well as pre-sales support & bid management, strategic deals, operations, provisioning, OSS/BSS, IT, procurement and supplier management. He also manages all technical aspects of WIOCCís relationship with the EASSy consortium and is Chairman of the EASSy Technical Working Group (TWG), and Co-Chairman of the Procurement Group (PG) and the Operations & Maintenance Sub-Committee (O&MSC).
Ryan joined WIOCC in 2009, having held senior level roles over eight years with Reliance Globalcom (previously FLAG Telecom). He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His main interest is playing golf.
Samuel is responsible for the overall financial functions of WIOCC and also provides relevant legal and commercial support to the company. He is the co-chairman of the Investment & Agreements Sub-committee (I&ASC) and a member of the Finance & Administration Sub-committee (F&ASC) within EASSy Consortium.
His experience spans 15 years in auditing, banking and telecommunications. Samuel joined WIOCC from Afsat Communications Group where he worked for 7 years in Finance and Accounting and also in general management. His last assignment was General Manager for Afsat Communications Zambia Limited.
Samuel is a Certified Public Accountant (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration from United States International University (USIU) and certification in HR Management and also Management Development Program from University of South Africa. His interests include reading, travelling, hiking and community service.
Mike is responsible for driving WIOCC's Marketing and Business Development activities outside Africa. This includes planning and implementation of marketing and business development strategies, identification and development of new business opportunities, and managing relationships with the industry, the media, agencies, partners and other organisations and individuals.
He has 25 years experience in the telecoms industry, with over 15 years developing and managing international and domestic business to business marketing programmes and maximising sales teams' abilities to drive revenues and margins. After a number of years working in the submarine sector, he moved into providing marketing and sales consultancy services to international telecoms businesses including BT, C&W, Cisco, Orange Business Services, Reliance Globalcom and Turk Telekom.
Mike holds a Masters degree from Staffordshire University and he is a graduate of BT's Marketing Excellence programme.
His interests include tennis, skiing, scuba diving, photography, and wildlife and nature.