Eutelsat Communications has finalised the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities with the appointment of Jean-Claude Tshipama, who will be heading Broadband in Africa to promote satellite broadband connectivity in Africa.
With an executive MBA and a Master’s degree in economics, Tshipama started his career in the telecommunications industry in the 2000s. He was the Commercial Director of Celtel in DR Congo, Director of sales and distribution at Digicel Group and later Director of sales and distribution for Africa at Microsoft Corporation. More recently, he served as CEO of Canal+ in DR Congo. He sits as a non-executive Director on the Board of Equity Bank in Kenya.
In his new role as CEO of Broadband in Africa, Tshipama’s core mission will be to ensure that Eutelsat’s broadband business is successfully deployed across Africa, drawing on the in-orbit resources of the Al Yah 3 satellite which will operate the service after entering operational service during next summer. The operation of the Al Yah 3 satellite will be followed next year by the launch of the KONNECT satellite.
Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Chief Commercial and Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jean-Claude Tshipama to Eutelsat. His expert knowledge of the African market serving various industries, particularly telecommunications, will be a valuable asset to us in achieving our strong ambitions on this continent. We are now in perfect shape and looking forward to expanding our business in the fast-growing fixed broadband sector.”