Africell appoints Robert Wexler to board of directors

Africell Group has appointed Robert Wexler to its board in a further strengthening of its senior leadership team.

Robert Wexler served as a Democratic Member of the United States Congress from 1997 to 2010, representing Florida’s 19th district in the House of Representatives. Upon retiring from Congress, he became President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, D.C. Congressman Wexler was named one of the “50 Most Effective Legislators in Congress” by the influential magazine Congressional Quarterly.

Congressman Wexler joins Africell at an exciting time, when it is growing across its operational footprint of Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia and Sierra Leone. Africell is the only US-owned mobile telecommunications operator in Africa and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is its biggest external investor. Among other things, Congressman Wexler will help Africell deepen its relationships across the US and other governments.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert onto Africell’s board”, says Ziad Dalloul, Chairman, Founder and CEO. “Robert has operated effectively at the highest levels of government, public policy and diplomacy. We expect to benefit from his insight as we expand our operations across Africa, seek more quality capital, and develop our presence in the US”.

Robert Wexler says: “Telecommunications in Africa is a strategic sector, and Africell is positioned in the field as a nimble and innovative operator. As a member of its board, I look forward to helping Africell navigate a challenging geopolitical and regulatory landscape and capitalize on its opportunities to grow”. 

Congressman Wexler joins Africell as a non-executive director and is based in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Laurie, have three children.