Ethio Telecom appoints new chief executive

Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s leading telco, has appointed a new chief executive to steward the company in its strategic expansion across the Horn of Africa.

Bruno Duthoit is a former CEO of Orange Moldavia and Orange Armenia who has also served on the board of Orange Poland. Duthoit is a graduate of the Municipal Poly Technique and has over 21 years of professional experience with France Telecom.

Ethio Telecom made the changes during its annual performance report for the Ethiopian fiscal year.

The post was previously occupied by Jean Michel, who said in his farewell speech that Ethio Telecom was committed to improving its network quality by expanding coverage in response to the rise in demand. Under his helm the company had improved infrastructure and network coverage but also caused controversy by putting sanctions on the use of Skype and other VoIP services.

“Telecommunication is not a luxury but a necessity for development in this age of information technology and interconnection,” Michel said.

He said the firm had set up an international standard management system and strengthened the network quality and service. It also set up the first call centre in Ethiopia.

He further hailed the telco for launching a range of affordable services and tariff packages in the last fiscal year.

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