Helios Towers plc
Appointment of Non-Executive Director
London, 15 June 2020: Helios Towers plc. ("Helios Towers" or "Group"), the independent telecommunications tower infrastructure company, today announces that Sally Ashford will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director, with immediate effect. In addition, she will be the designated Non-Executive Director for workforce engagement.
Sally is currently Chief HR Officer at Royal Mail Group, a role she has held since June 2018. Sally joined Royal Mail in June 2015 as the Group Reward Director and she has also held the role of HR Director for the Parcels business. Prior to Royal Mail, Sally spent 13 years at Telefónica, across a range of senior HR roles including Global Compensation Director, and HR Director of Telefónica Europe. She has also worked in a variety of senior HR related roles at O2, BT and Tesco.
Sally continues to serve as a Member of the Supervisory Board and Chair of Remuneration Committee for Telefónica Deutschland, a position she has held since September 2014.
Commenting on the appointment, Sir Sam Jonah, Chairman of Helios Towers said today:
"We are delighted to welcome Sally to the Board. Her extensive HR and telecoms industry experience will make her a valued member of the team and we look forward to working with her."
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FTI Consulting LLP
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About Helios Towers ("HT")
· Helios Towers is a leading independent telecommunications infrastructure company in Africa, having established one of the continent's most extensive tower portfolios with close to 7,000 towers across five countries. It builds, owns and operates telecom passive infrastructure, providing services to mobile network operators.
· Helios Towers owns and operates more sites than any other operator in each of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC"), and Congo Brazzaville. It is also a leading operator in Ghana with a strong urban presence and established a presence in South Africa in 2019.
· Helios Towers pioneered the sale-leaseback model in Africa, buying towers that were held by single operators and providing services utilising the tower infrastructure to the seller and other operators. This allows wireless operators to outsource non-core tower-related activities, enabling them to focus their capital and managerial resources on providing higher quality services more cost-effectively.
· Helios Towers plc listed on the main list of the London Stock Exchange in October 2019 (ticker: HTWS) and is a member of its FTSE 250 Index.
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