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Leadership

Our executives combine strong management skills with a proven track record in the telecommunications industry and specialist market insight. The Executive Management Committee is shown below. 

  • Sam Darwish

    Chairman, Group CEO and Director

    Sam Darwish has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and co-founded IHS Towers in 2001. Under Sam’s leadership, IHS Towers has grown from a start-up infrastructure company in Nigeria to one of the leading emerging market telecommunications infrastructure businesses with over 29,000 towers.

    Previously he served as the Deputy Managing Director of CELIA Motophone Ltd, Nigeria’s first Global System for Mobiles (GSM) operator. He was also the Vice Chairman and Director of Projects at Lintel, an international GSM operator, responsible for global project implementation in West Africa and the Middle East. Before that he was the Network Chief Engineer for Libancell (currently Touch), Lebanon’s first GSM network operator.

    Additionally, Sam founded Singularity Investments, a private investment firm with a focus on technology, media and telecommunication companies with investments in the United States and the emerging markets. He is also the Founder and President of DAR Properties, a property investment company, and DAR Telecoms, a telecommunications consulting company.

    Sam is a graduate, with distinction, of the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor’s Engineering Degree in Computer Communications. He was awarded the CNBC Africa Business Leader of the Year Award for West Africa in 2016 and the TowerXchange Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his founding and continued leadership of IHS Towers. Sam is a US citizen, a member of the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council and frequent speaker at telecommunications industry events. 

     

  • William S. Saad

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

    William is responsible for shaping IHS Towers’ long-term technology vision and driving innovation across the company.

    He has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. William has played a key part in the development and roll-out of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector, including building the first turnkey sites that marked the beginning of the country’s Global System for Mobiles (GSM) revolution.

    Before co-founding IHS Towers, William was the Operations Director at CELIA Motophone Nigeria Limited. His responsibilities included designing, implementing and operating Motophone GSM, PNL and V-SAT networks in Nigeria. His achievements at CELIA include successfully implementing, in 24 months, the planned network expansion for one million subscribers.

    Before joining CELIA, William served as project manager at Lintel SAL, where he designed and implemented GSM projects, and was a Site Survey and Implementation Engineer at Libancell.

    William has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

     

  • Adam Walker

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Adam is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of all IHS entities, implementing an effective financial strategy across the company. 

    He has 15 years’ experience as the Group Chief Financial Officer of three separate UK-listed companies. Prior to joining IHS Towers in 2017, Adam was the Group CFO of GKN plc, one of the world’s leading engineering and manufacturing companies in the Aerospace and Automotive markets with operations in 30 countries. During his four-year tenure, Adam was also CEO of one of GKN’s four divisions, GKN Land Systems, for 18 months.

    Previously, Adam was the Group CFO of Informa Plc for six years. Informa is a global leader in the fields of business intelligence, exhibitions and academic publishing. For five years prior to that, he was the Group CFO of National Express Group Plc, a leading transport provider across the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East.

    Adam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 with Deloitte and spent ten years in the professional world of audit, corporate finance and banking before moving into the corporate world.

     

  • Mustafa Tharoo

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Mustafa is responsible for all Legal matters pertaining to IHS, guiding the company through change and providing Legal counsel to the Board of Directors and the wider Executive Committee. 

    He is a leading corporate and commercial lawyer. Mustafa joined IHS Towers in 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in M&A and project finance transactions globally.  He has acted on a variety of such matters both on behalf of sponsors/purchasers and targets in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America and has overseen more than 30 such transactions successfully during his tenure at IHS Towers. He is also a member of IHS' Executive Ethics Committee. 

    Mustafa's primary fields of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex commercial contracts and corporate and project finance matters. He has also undertaken a variety of private and public company commercial work. Mustafa has acted for, and advised, vendors and purchasers on the acquisition and disposal of shares and assets. This included undertaking detailed due diligence investigations and drafting and negotiating share purchase, asset purchase, joint venture, partnership, sale and leaseback agreements, distribution and marketing agreements. On the debt capital markets side, he has also been involved in the drafting of OMs, listing of publicly traded securities and undertaking liability management exercises.

    Before joining IHS Towers, Mustafa was a Consultant at ADEPT Chambers in Tanzania. Previously, he served as a Consultant at Ringo & Associates in Tanzania and a Partner at Anjarwalla & Khanna in Kenya. 

    Mustafa is a member of the Law Society of Kenya. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on various aspects of law and investment.

     

  • David Ordman

    Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

    David is responsible for financial planning and economic modeling, supporting our Chief Financial Officer in the delivering of the company’s wider financial strategy. In addition, he manages finance, procurement and oversees new business integration.  

    Before joining the company in 2012, David trained at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in the UK. He has over 20 years’ experience working in international telecommunications and infrastructure companies.

    David is a member of the senior leadership team and acts as a financial adviser across all IHS entities. Other responsibilities include membership of the finance, audit and investment committees, and the Board of Directors.

     

  • Mohamad Darwish

    Senior Vice President, IHS Nigeria CEO and Co-Founder

    Mohamad is responsible for leading IHS’ largest entity, IHS Nigeria, and delivering a commercial strategy that supports IHS’ wider growth ambitions. 

    He has over 20 years' experience working in the telecommunications sector.  As a Co-founder of IHS Towers, he has worked in various finance and technical functions and served as the IHS Nigeria Business Development Director and Deputy CEO before becoming the Nigeria CEO. Mohamad is responsible for growing IHS Nigeria’s operations and further strengthening its position as the leading tower company in Nigeria. He oversees the development of the IHS Nigeria's strategic plan, the roll out of new sales strategies, and manages key relationships with clients, regulators, ministries and NGOs.

    He is a member of the Executive Ethics Committee committee and responsible for helping ensure the company is fully compliant at a Group level with international standards and best practices. 

    Mohamad has a Master of Engineering in Applied Operation Research from Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration with Honours from Rollins College, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

     

  • Ayotade Oyinlola

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Ayotade is responsible for upholding IHS' culture and values by delivering a HR strategy that attracts, retains and develops leading talent across all IHS entities. 

    He brings over 20 years of HR and telecommunications industry experience to the IHS management team. Ayotade most recently served as Millicom Services UK Head of HR for Africa and Europe, overseeing operations throughout Africa, as well as the corporate offices in London, Luxembourg and Sweden. He has extensive experience in driving international and African talent acquisition and development at various executive and operational levels within the telecommunications sector. Previously, he served as Ericsson’s West Africa HR Director and the Sub-Sahara Africa Director for Learning and Development. In addition, he has held several senior positions at Shell Petroleum, Bristow Helicopters, Atlasco Technologies and Resourcery Limited.

    Ayotade holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electrical & Computer Engineering) from the Federal University of Technology, Minna; and an Executive MBA (Strategy, Human & Organizational Behavior and Strategic HR) from the Lagos Business School. Ayotade is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Managers in Nigeria.

     

  • Steve Howden

    Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer

    As Deputy CFO, Steve is responsible for equity and debt financings, the treasury function, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning and analysis, commercial finance, in addition to investor relations and communications.

    He joined IHS Towers in 2013 and, since then, has executed over $5.5 billion of capital raisings and 17 transactions. His role is to help develop and execute IHS Towers long-term growth strategy.

    Steve has over 15 years of corporate finance experience and has completed dozens of emerging market telecommunications infrastructure transactions and financings. Previously he was a member of the Ernst & Young M&A department and in the Corporate Restructuring teams at Ernst & Young and Andersen. 

    Steve is a Chartered Accountant who trained at Ernst & Young in London and has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the UK.

     

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