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Group CEO Wins TowerXchange Lifetime Achievement Award


Issam was awarded the 2017 TowerXchange Lifetime Achievement Award at the journal’s African and Middle Eastern tower industry awards ceremony held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The prestigious industry award was presented to Issam in recognition of the transformational impact that he and IHS has had on the region’s tower industry. Through Issam’s vision and leadership, IHS has become the largest independent tower operator in EMEA by tower count and the third largest independent multinational tower company globally. This growth has been achieved through Issam and IHS’s dedication and firm belief that mobile communication is a critical enabler of emerging economies’ economic development. This philosophy has been a driving force behind the Company’s commitment to providing the most reliable and sustainable towers to its customers who supply mobile networks to over 250 million-plus end-users which include local entrepreneurs, small and medium sized businesses, and multinationals across the region.


Upon receiving the award, Issam noted:


“I am incredibly proud to win the TowerXchange Lifetime achievement award and to accept this award on behalf of all employees at IHS, without whom this recognition would not be possible. Together we have built a unique business that delivers innovative solutions to empower millions with the use of mobile communications and we are focused on leveraging this success and our unique expertise to empower “the next billion” mobile users, many of whom are in emerging markets.”

CSR Initiative Award of the Year

We are delighted to announce that IHS Towers has also won the 2017 CSR Initiative Award of the Year at the second annual Africa’s Information Technology & Telecom Awards (AITTA). The award was received at the AITTA ceremony, held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana. IHS Towers won the award following one of the strongest years in the history of IHS’s CSR programme, which saw the roll out of numerous initiatives in northeast Nigeria to address the ongoing internally displaced persons crisis.

Update from the Group CEO

Issam Darwish


We are swiftly moving into Q4 2017 and I would like to thank you for your continued perseverance and hard work this year. 2017 has been challenging in all our markets and I’d like to remind you that without you, our success would not be possible.


As you all know, we continue to roll out various new internal initiatives (namely the CEO Breakfasts, Town Halls, Employee Volunteering Initiatives etc) which seek to enable all staff members to strengthen their relationships with senior executives and to ensure we’re all on the same page about the firm’s corporate growth strategy. We’ve had a busy year and I ask you all to put your best foot forward for the last quarter to ensure we achieve all our objectives.


In addition to possible continued expansion, Q4 will be focused on learning and development with the launch of the Academy at the end of October. I am extremely proud of the Academy project, as it’s been a personal dream of mine for years – it’s a unique platform that is available for all staff members in all countries of operation 24/7. Please stay tuned for more on this project from Group and local HR and I urge you to go to the launch to find out more about this exciting project. Moreover, six employees from our senior management team are part of the Harvard Leadership Program in Africa and they will come back later this fall having completed the course work with a range of new skills which will be applied to various portions of our business.


Finally, our excellence at work can only be sustained through good health and wellbeing. Several wellness awareness weeks will happen in our countries of operation over the coming months, in addition to HSE weeks and/or workshops. I encourage all of you to be part of these initiatives to learn more about work/life balance and how to ensure we all stay healthy, ambitious and bold.


I wish you all a successful Q4.

SOX and Risk Management Conference Lagos

The Annual Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) conference was held in Lagos 13th and 14th September 2017. The objective of the conference was to provide insights on best practice regarding financial reporting internal controls and to provide an overview of IHS’s internal control evaluation programme.

Ernst and Young opened the session with valuable insights on key considerations for an effective programme on financial reporting internal controls. A number of industry examples were shared and this offered a useful overview of the importance of effective internal controls and constant monitoring.

Finance, Human Resources and the Compliance leadership teams from all of our operating countries benefited from this presentation and shared their own experiences during a lively discussion. The conference was a great success and effective collaboration is planned to continue over the coming months.

Cloud Academy portal

In Q3 we started sharing video clips and tips to all staff members to explain how to use Office 365. The videos are hosted on the Cloud Academy platform and log in details were shared to all employees when the project commenced. These videos are shared every Thursday in both French and English. We hope they are helpful and we encourage all to make the most of it. Please contact a member of your local IT team with any questions - more details about the portal are available here:

Harvard Business School Africa Programme

For the second year in a row, six IHS employees are participating in the 2017 Harvard Business School Africa Senior Executive Education Programme, a high impact leadership program in collaboration with University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the Lagos Business School, in Nigeria. As part of the training, the 56 program participants also met with President Kagame - during a student gathering in Kigali - who among other things provided personal insights on Rwanda’s development path and leadership strategy. Good luck to our staff members and the rest of the programme team!

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