ZAMANI Com, Niger’s leading telecommunication group and owner of Orange Niger, has appointed Souleymane Diallo as CEO of Orange Niger.
Diallo is a Senegalese business executive who brings more than 20 years of experience in the telecom sector, having successfully launched, scaled and reshaped some of Africa’s largest telecom operators. He served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Millicom in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Senegal where he first introduced and deployed Millicom’s Tigo brand. Tigo was recently acquired by telecom giant Free.
Diallo also served as the CEO of Etisalat’s Moov brand in Gabon and the Central African Republic and Chief Operating Officer of Azur Telecom in Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic. In 2017, he was appointed as the CEO of Telecel, Mali’s third-largest telecom operator, which he launched and scaled to double-digit growth within two years of operations.
Prior to joining Orange Niger, Diallo served as Senior Advisor for Central and West Africa of London-based OneWeb, a leading satellite broadband group that raised $1.2bn to build global connectivity. Diallo is a founding Board Advisor of United+ Ventures, a global venture-building initiative supporting the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector, and of United Labs, a New York-based telecom, AI and fintech group with a presence in seven countries including India, Canada and Jordan.
Zamani Com founders Mohamed Rissa and Moctar Thiam praised Diallo for his leadership saying, ‘Souleymane brings a wealth of senior telecom experience and a highly successful industry track record to Orange Niger. From commercial and financial strategies to global operations management, we are confident in his ability to bring Orange Niger to new heights and to help the group increase its participation in Niger’s socio-economic development.’
Souleymane is a graduate of the Université of Laval in Montreal where he lived for more than ten years. He holds an Executive Certificate in Management & Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris.
Orange Niger is one of Niger’s leading telecom operators with 2.5 million mobile subscribers and has created more than 50,000 jobs. Following a recent majority share acquisition from Orange MEA, Zamani Com is now the exclusive shareholder of Orange Niger.