IHS Towers Appoints Bush, Land to Board of Directors

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The board of directors of IHS Holding Limited, one of the largest independent owners, operators and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure in the world and leader in EMEA by tower count, now has two new additions.

The new appointees are Mr John Ellis (Jeb) Bush, who is the current President of Jeb Bush & Associates LLC, and Mr Nick Land, a chartered accountant, who retired as Executive Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP in 2006 following 36 years with the firm.

Mr Bush joins the board of IHS as a Non-Executive Independent Director. He was the Governor of Florida between 1999 and 2007, and the Florida Secretary of Commerce from 1986 to 1988. Mr Bush currently serves as the Chairman of Dock Square Capital and of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He was a senior adviser for Barclays in 2014 and a board member of Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Like Mr Bush, Mr Land also joins IHS’ board of directors as a Non-Executive Independent Director and Chair of IHS’ Audit Committee. Mr Land also serves as the Deputy Chair of Thames Water Utilities Ltd and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is Chairman of The Instant Group and is also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council and chairs its Codes and Standards Committee. He also sits on the board of Astro Lighting Ltd. Mr Land has previously been a Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Alliance Boots, Ashmore Group and BBA Aviation.

Moreover, Mr Land is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Vodafone Group Foundation, is an adviser to the Board of Dentons UK EMEA and chairs the Private Equity Reporting Group of the British Venture Capital Association.

Commenting on the additions, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of HIS, Mr Sam Darwish, stated that, “We are delighted to welcome Jeb and Nick to our Board. We look forward to the wealth of expertise and insight that they will each bring to IHS.

“Their advice and counsel will prove invaluable as we seek to pursue our strategic goals, continue our corporate governance evolution and cement our position as one of the largest independent telecommunications infrastructure owners in the world. The Board and I would like to extend our warmest welcome to them.”

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Bush said, “Through bold innovation and investments, IHS is playing a critical role in accelerating Africa’s technological revolution. I am thrilled to be joining IHS’s Board and look forward to working with Sam and the management team at IHS as they continue to transform connectivity and telecommunications throughout emerging markets globally.”

On his part, Mr Land said, “I am excited to join IHS at a time of continued corporate governance development. Together with Jeb and the existing Board members, I look forward to supporting the Company’s sustainable growth strategy focused on enhancing telecommunications infrastructure in Africa and beyond.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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