People

We have assembled a world-class team to ensure that Helios Towers DRC is, and remains, a formidable, customer-centric organization.

Our Africa-based management team combines market-leading operational expertise with African telecom network roll-out capabilities and global tower management experience. The team also retains unrivalled relationships with key local constituencies and major wireless operators across the continent.

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Helios Towers DRC Management Team


Léon-Paul Manya Okitanyenda, Chief Executive Officer

Léon-Paul has been Chief Executive Officer—Helios Towers DRC since January 2015. Léon-Paul was appointed Network Operations Director in February 2011. He has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining the Company, Léon-Paul worked as a Contract Execution Manager at Ericsson and Country Field Manager for MER Telecom. Before MER Telecom, he was Operations Manager for Venture and Logistics Manager at Plessey. Léon-Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics and is from DRC.


Charles Desjardins, Chief Financial Officer

Charles has an 8 years’ experience in finance with a focus on telecom and energy infrastructures. He has a wide experience from former roles and achievements including strategic planning, due diligence and project financing.
Charles joined HTA in July 2014 and spend 16 months in London strategic finance team before joining DRC subsidiary in April 2016 as a CFO. Charles is from France, graduated with a Master in Management from Edhec Business School and CFA Level III attendant. He speaks fluently English and Italian.


Jean Marc Openge Okitosomba, Head of Legal & Regulatory

Jean Marc joined HTD in June 2015. He has more than 10 years’ experience out of which 5 years in the Telecom industry and 5 years in the tobacco industry. His experience in the legal field is topped with commercial-marketing experience. Prior to joining HTD, Jean Marc worked as Legal Advisor and Interim Head of Legal Department at Tigo DRC; between the two above-mentioned positions, he worked at BAT Congo as Trade Marketing Manager at a town level and then at a region in DRC. Jean Marc holds a degree in Economic & Social Law as well as an Executive MBA from Science Pô at Aix- en-Provence Institute in France. He is a Congolese citizen.


Socrates Lumbwe, Sales & Marketing Director

Socrates joined HTA in January 2014. He worked for Huawei Technologies DRC for 9 years as BSS, RNP Engineer, Service delivery then TI Project Manager before joining the marketing as Account Manager for 4 years.

Before that he worked as a consultant at Telecel and Tigo DRC in the IT department.

Socrates holds a Civil Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Kinshasa, DRC; he is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Colard Nkole Tshiyoyo, Project Director

Colard joined HTDRC in July 2011; he is also an Assistant Professor in the Polytechnic Department of the University of Kinshasa. He worked as Field Supervisor and then later became Project Supervisor at Celtel DRC (Airtel). Before Celtel DRC (Airtel), Colard was a Consultant in sites building for different mobile operators. Colard holds a Civil Construction Engineering degree from the University of Kinshasa, DRC; he is from the Democratic Republic of Congo.