WIOCC’s Mike Last: one of ‘50 Strategists to Watch’

Leading industry magazine Global Telecoms Business has named Mike Last, WIOCC’s Chief Marketing Officer & VP, International Business Development, as one of their 50 Strategists to Watch in global telecommunications.

Published in the magazine’s 150th issue, the list identifies ‘… those strategists that have hit the headlines in 2016 due to mergers and acquisitions, IPOs or (for) their vision’.

Mike worked closely with CEO, Chris Wood, on WIOCC’s original strategy eight years ago,  and has continued to play a significant part in the maintenance and update of company strategy up to the present day. During this period his marketing expertise has also been influential in transforming WIOCC into an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning capacity and network services wholesaler, widely regarded as the #1 supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions in Africa.

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WIOCC CEO Chris Wood one of the 100 most powerful people in global telecoms

Chris Wood, CEO of Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has once again been identified as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

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Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO

This year’s GTB Power 100 cited Chris’ vision of making an enduring contribution to communications in Africa, while also acknowledging WIOCC’s progress in extending access to international connectivity to many new locations through the construction of WIOCC metropolitan area networks and the continued partnership with Dalkom in Somalia.

He has led WIOCC since start-up in 2008, building the capacity wholesaler into the leading supplier of seamless, end-to-end managed service solutions into, out of and within Africa. WIOCC now carries almost half of all the traffic on EASSy and seamlessly links more than 55,000km of African terrestrial fibre to 40,000km of submarine fibre-optic cable, offering carriers affordable, reliable connectivity to over 500 locations across 30 African countries – and more than 700 cities in 70 countries globally.

Chris continues to evolve WIOCC’s capabilities in alignment with changing industry needs and end-user demands: from pure point-to-point bandwidth in the early days, to the seamless protection and support for more complex network solutions that carriers and ISPs are increasingly delivering today – with support from WIOCC.

Chris commented, “Whilst I am delighted to again be selected for inclusion in the GTB Power 100, this is very much a reflection of the individual efforts put in throughout the year by the entire WIOCC team. A key element of our Mission is to set the standard by which performance is measured in the industry, and each of us in WIOCC will continue our efforts to make this so”.

The Power 100 list is compiled from nominations made by readers of Global Telecoms Business, including CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of the world’s major operators, telecom vendors and industry organisations.

Mike Last named one of “50 CMOs to watch” in Global Telecommunications Business

Mike Last, WIOCC’s Chief Marketing Officer, has been acclaimed as one of the telecommunications industry’s “50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to watch”, in the latest issue of Global Telecoms Business (GTB) magazine.

Mike_Last_WIOCCResponsible for all external and internal marketing, Mike joined WIOCC as employee number two in 2008 and is one of only two executives from Africa-based companies in this prestigious, 50-strong list compiled following nominations by work colleagues, readers and GTB staff.

His marketing expertise transformed this fledgling organisation into an internationally recognised, multi-award-winning capacity and network services wholesaler, widely regarded as the #1 supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions in Africa.

Mike built WIOCC’s marketing capability from scratch and his home-grown teams now clearly communicate consistent messages through world-class marketing materials and initiatives. He also looks after WIOCC’s communications with shareholders across Africa, and WIOCC is  now referred to as “Africa’s carriers’ carrier”.

 

WIOCC’s Mike Last named one of “50 CMOs to watch” in global telecommunications

WIOCC’s Marketing and International Business Development Director, Mike Last, has been identified by Global Telecoms Business (GTB) magazine as one of the telecommunications industry’s “50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to watch”.

Mike Last, WIOCC
Mike Last, WIOCC

Executives were nominated for inclusion by colleagues in their companies, by readers and by GTB staff after many discussions with senior executives throughout the industry. This is thought to be the first attempt to identify the industry’s 50 senior marketing professionals to watch.

Responsible for all external and internal marketing, Mike joined WIOCC as employee number two in 2008 and is one of only three1 executives from Africa-based companies in the 50-strong Global Telecoms Business magazine list. Since joining the company, his marketing insight and expertise have been instrumental in helping transform Africa’s carriers’ carrier into a successful, multiple award-winning international capacity and network services wholesaler, now widely recognised as the number one supplier of high-performance bandwidth solutions into and out of Africa.

As well as developing and implementing dynamic marketing strategies, Mike has built a local marketing team in Kenya that delivers world-class communications initiatives. He also works with WIOCC’s shareholders from across Africa to help build their marketing knowledge and expertise – particularly relating to wholesale markets.

1 The other two executives from Africa-based companies are Rita Okuthe (Safaricom) and Tom Tudor (Liquid Telecom).

Customising customers’ needs

“Elevating Africa to New Heights” was one of the key topics in the June 2014 edition of leading industry magazine, Global Telecoms Business. Chris Wood, WIOCC’s CEO, was interviewed for this issue, expounding upon how WIOCC is playing a unique role in increasing and improving connectivity to the African continent.

In the interview, Chris outlined how WIOCC is able to meets carriers’ demands for additional capacity and diversity through significant investments in expanding and enhancing its submarine and terrestrial fibre network capacity.

To find out more on how WIOCC works with its customers to meet their needs, read the full article titled “Increased connectivity and rapid growth in demand elevate Africa to new heights”.

Sam Ndungu named one of the top 50 CFOs in global telecommunications

Samuel Ndungu, WIOCC CFO
Samuel Ndungu, WIOCC CFO

Sam Ndungu, CFO of award-winning Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has been named one of the global telecommunications industry’s top 50 CFOs to watch in 2014.

WIOCC CFO Sam Ndungu is one of only four Africa-based executives in the Global Telecoms Business magazine list, which named the top 50 global telecommunications industry CFOs to watch in 2014.

Responsible for WIOCC’s overall financial functions, Sam has been pivotal in managing the company’s continued growth and profitability since joining the business in 2009. WIOCC’s strong financial position has been achieved despite an increasingly competitive marketplace, and this has enabled significant, ongoing investments to be made to extend WIOCC’s infrastructure, increase its capacity, further strengthen its customer service and roll out new offerings.

A Certified Public Accountant and International Business Administration graduate, Sam has more than 15 years’ experience in auditing, banking and telecommunications. He is co-chairman of EASSy’s Finance and Administration sub-committee and also of the Investments and Agreements sub-committee.

See the full list on Page 46 of the January/February issue of Global Telecoms Business

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood among 100 most powerful people in global telecommunications and nominated for AfricaCom Awards 2013

Chris Wood, WIOCC CEOChris Wood, CEO of award-winning Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC, has again been named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

In the 6th annual GTB Power 100 listing, Chris ascended 14 places in the rankings to 65. He is one of only four executives from African businesses to appear in this Global Telecoms Business magazine-compiled list, which identifies the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry.

Chris is credited with masterminding impressive growth over the last 12 months at the Africa-focused international capacity wholesaler, where revenues rose by 40% and profits increased by more than 100%.

The publication highlighted that ‘Wood’s vision for improving the reach, quality and affordability of Africa’s international connectivity includes strategic investments, key partnerships, technical excellence and an absolute commitment to customer service.’

He was also acknowledged for ‘establishing WIOCC as the number one supplier of diversity-rich, high-capacity, end-to-end managed circuits into and out of Africa’.

WIOCC CEO shortlisted for AfricaCom Awards 2013

Further to his recognition by Global Telecoms Business, WIOCC’s CEO has also been shortlisted for the AfricaCom awards 2013 in the ‘Industry personality of the year’ category. Chris was nominated in October 2013 for the award based on his achievements over the past years.

Chris has led WIOCC since inception, building it quickly into a profitable, award-winning business with a unique, pan-African network footprint.

Under his stewardship, WIOCC is transforming how businesses operate and how individuals go about their daily lives in Africa. The resulting improvements in availability and affordability of broadband capabilities have been extremely beneficial in:

  • enabling African and international telecommunications service providers to roll out ever-more-advanced services into African markets
  • offering businesses opportunities to make operational savings, deliver improved capabilities and address new markets. Greater capacity and network reach are also supporting the development of a community of internet-based businesses across eastern and southern Africa.
  • allowing high-capacity links to be created between education and research establishments, helping to speed up research and shorten development times of new products and services
  • improving access to information, news, entertainment, education, social networking and a growing range of eGovernment services – improving quality of life for millions across the African continent