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Avanti Communications Group PLC (AVN.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Paul Walsh

62 2014 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Alan Harper

60 2017 Interim Chief Executive Officer, Non-Executive Director

Nigel Dawson Fox

55 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Matthew O'Connor

2009 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

David Bestwick

2013 Technical Director, Executive Director

Patrick Willcocks

2013 Company Secretary

Craig Chobor

45 2017 Non-Executive Director

Michael Leitner

46 2017 Non-Executive Director

Christopher McLaughlin

59 2017 Non-Executive Director

Peter Reed

2017 Non-Executive Director

F. E. John Brackenbury

2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Paul Johnson

61 2013 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Paul Walsh

Mr. Paul Steven Walsh serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Avanti Communications Group plc, with effect from 27 March 2014. Paul was the CEO of Diageo plc from 1 September 2000 to 1 July 2013, and the Chief Operating Officer of Diageo from 1 January 2000. Paul joined GrandMet’s brewing division in 1982 and became Finance Director in 1986. He held financial and commercial positions with Inter-Continental Hotels and in the GrandMet food business, becoming CEO of the Pillsbury Company in 1992. Paul was appointed to the GrandMet Board in October 1995, and to the Diageo Board in December 1997. Paul is a Non Executive Director at Unilever plc and FedEx Corporation and was appointed to the board of the United Spirits Limited on 19 August 2013.

Alan Harper

Mr. Alan Paul Harper is the Interim Chief Executive Officer, Non-Executive Director of the Company. Alan Harper is Chairman of Azuri Technologies, Chairman and Non-Executive Director at Gigabit Fibre, a Non-Executive Director at MTN, and is a leading figure in the mobile network industry for both the UK and Africa. Alan co-founded Eaton Towers in 2008, a leading telecom tower company and held the position of Chief Executive Officer until early 2015. Operational since 2010, Eaton Towers has established over 5,000 towers across seven African countries, and serves major mobile operators such as Airtel, MTN, Orange, Tigo, Vodacom and Vodafone. Prior to founding Eaton Towers, Alan spent 12 years at Vodafone Group PLC in various roles including MD of Vodafone Ltd and as the Group Strategy Director, focusing notably on growth in emerging markets. He has three current directorships, at Azuri Technologies, Gigabit Fibre and MTN, and was director and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton Towers until 2015. The only partnership where Mr. Harper has had a position of responsibility is in Palé Hall Hotel & Restaurant. From 1 August 2008 to mid-2009, Mr. Harper was director of Golden Years Holidays PLC, a property letting company, which commenced winding up proceedings on 25 November 2009 and was ultimately dissolved on 23 May 2015.

Nigel Dawson Fox

Mr. Nigel Adrian Dawson Fox is the Chief Financial Officer of Avanti Communications Group Plc. Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and has held various senior finance roles before joining Avanti Communications in 2007, including Chief Financial Officer of Climax Group; Group Financial Controller at ARC International; Finance Director of Ruberoid Building Products, and Group Financial Controller of Ruberoid Plc.

Matthew O'Connor

Mr. Matthew J. O'Connor serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Avanti Communications Group PLC. Matthew joined Avanti in 2005 having worked in the telecommunications industry for 20 years, initially for BT where he held a number of sales and marketing roles within the UK and International Divisions. He joined Telewest in 1996 as a Director of its Business Division, where he was part of the team that grew the business from a £30 million regional business to a £300 million turnover national operation in 6 years. He went on to be Managing Director of the Wholesale Division with customers that included T-Mobile, 3, Cable and Wireless, NTL, and many telecoms re-sellers.

David Bestwick

Mr. David J. Bestwick serves as the Technical Director, Executive Director of Avanti Communications Group Plc. David is a co-founder of the Company. David graduated from the University of Leicester in 1987 with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. Following three years at Marconi Research Centre, he joined VEGA Group PLC in 1990 where he worked on a wide range of satellite applications projects. Mr. David is responsible for all new technology and project developments.

Patrick Willcocks

Craig Chobor

Mr. Craig R. Chobor is the Non-Executive Director of the Company. Craig Chobor joined Solus at its inception in July 2007, and has been a member of the hedge fund investment team since the funds' inceptions under the management of Stanfield. Mr. Chobor joined Stanfield in 1999 as a Credit Analyst covering retail, cable, euro cable, printing, publishing, television, radio, media, wireless, and satellite telecommunication. Mr. Chobor began his career at Scudder Kemper Investments in 1997 as a Senior Associate/Portfolio Assistant in the Emerging Markets Group. Mr. Chobor received a BS in Economics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995, and an MBA in Finance from Pace University in 2001. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the Association of Investment Management and Research. In connection with his role at Solus, he currently serves as a board member for TerreStar Corp., Nextwave Holdco LLC, Panavision Corp and FiberTower.

Michael Leitner

Mr. Michael E. Leitner is the Non-Executive Director of the Company. Michael Leitner is a Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining TCP in 2005, Mr. Leitner served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for WilTel Communications, and before that as President and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeNet Communications, leading the company through a successful turnaround and sale. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development of 360networks and additionally developed and managed the Company's global colocation services business. Prior to 360 networks, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development for Microsoft Corporation, managing corporate investments and acquisitions in the telecommunications, media, managed services, and business applications software sectors. Prior to Microsoft, he was a Vice President in the M&A group at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Leitner currently serves as a Director on the boards of Avanti, Integra Telecom and Core Media. Mr Leitner has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Christopher McLaughlin

Mr. Christopher William McLaughlin serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company. Chris McLaughlin is a FTSE-experienced, corporate and government marketing and communications specialist. He has an extensive background within new and emerging technology sectors. Joining Inmarsat plc in March 2004, prior to the successful 2005 IPO, he was a member of the senior executive management team and Chief Marketing Officer until January 2017. He was responsible for all global government, reputational, CSR, marketing, brand and sponsorship activity at the company. Chris has wide experience in emerging markets and demanding regulatory environments Producer and host of multiple global partner events, he was also responsible for the technology-proving, Volvo Ocean Race sponsorship from 2005, which continues. He has held similar international roles at Philip Morris International, Visa International, ITV, The BBC and worked in the Private Equity environment, acquiring and operating cable television groups in Europe.

Peter Reed

Mr. Peter A. Reed is the Non-Executive Director of the Company. Peter Reed is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at MAST Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Reed is also a member of the Investment Committee and the Risk Committee. In addition to his role at MAST, Mr. Reed is the Chief Investment Officer of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and the Chief Executive Officer of Great Elm Capital Corp. Prior to joining MAST in 2004, Mr. Reed was an investment banking analyst at Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings and debt and equity private placements for middle market companies. Mr. Reed is currently a Director of International Wire Group Holdings Inc., Avanti Communications Group plc and Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board of Great Elm Capital Corp. and Chairman of the Board of Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., and is a Trustee of the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. Mr. Reed earned his BS in Finance from Miami University in 2002.

F. E. John Brackenbury

Mr. F. E. John G. Brackenbury, CBE, serves as the Non-Executive Independent Director of Avanti Communications Group Plc. He is no longer Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board effective 27 March 2014. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000 for his contribution to Tourism, Education and Employment. He is a leading industrialist with over 40 years of experience in the drinks and leisure sector. He is also President of Business in Sport and Leisure Limited, Trustee and Director of Springboard Educational Trust, Chairman of Brackenbury Leisure Ltd and Trustee of GamCare. John is the Chairman of the Nominations Committee of Avanti Communications Group plc.

Paul Johnson

Mr. Paul Robert Johnson serves as the Non-Executive Independent Director of Avanti Communications Group Plc., effective January 16, 2013. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He spent 38 years with KPMG Europe LLP, becoming a Partner in 1988 and has extensive experience of working with companies in a variety of different industries in both the listed and private sectors. For the last 12 years he was Chairman of KPMG London and Eastern Counties and a member of KPMG’s UK Markets Executive. Paul is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Avanti Communications Group plc.