As part of its continuous investment in human resources to support the company’s growth, Melita has announced two new appointments within its management team.
Mr Andrei Torriani has been appointed Managing Director for Melita Mobile and Chief Operations Officer of Melita plc while Mr Michael Maltby has been appointed Melita’s Chief Financial Officer. In their respective roles, both Mr Torriani and Mr Maltby will be instrumental in helping Melita to deliver more value to its customers and further growth of the organisation.
Andrei Torriani A seasoned telecommunications executive with extensive experience in leading successful wireless and wireline telecom operations, Mr Torriani is joining Melita with an initial focus to ensure that Melita Mobile continues its success.
Andrei has served as Telefonica O2 Czech Republic’s Vice President in charge of all consumer focused business, covering a portfolio of mobile and wireline voice, broadband and content (IPTV) communications services to over 7 million customers, and a P&L responsibility in excess of Euro 2 billion.
Prior to serving in this role, Andrei served as the Chief Commercial Officer of the company’s mobile communications business (formerly known as Eurotel ) until it was merged in July 2006 with the wireline business and rebranded as O2. As CCO, Andrei led the turnaround in market share and financial performance as well as played a key role in the privatization of the Czech Telecom Group (Eurotel’s parent company) resulting in transfer of control and sale to Telefonica in June 2005 of over 51 percent of the company for more than €3.1 Billion.
In addition to Telefonica, Andrei has served in leading commercial and technology roles in telecom operators worldwide with the Wataniya (National) Telecom group (Kuwait), Metromedia International Telecommunications (USA and Austria), and Millicom (Luxembourg), where he established a track record of turning around and improving the commercial performance of several telecom operators in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Michael Maltby A highly respected name within the telecommunications sector, in his role as company CFO Mr. Michael Maltby will be responsible for managing Melita’s Finance Department and ensuring a sound finance operation across all levels of the company. For the past fourteen years, Mr Maltby has been employed in finance and accounting, occupying various posts in telecommunications firms such as Cable & Wireless p.l.c., Metromedia International and Star Broadband Ltd amongst others with particular experience in broadband internet, cable television and mobile telephony.
Most recently, Mr Maltby was involved in successfully raising funds and developing early stage cutting edge, FTTX (Fibre to the x) and HFC (Hybrid fibre-coaxial) cable television networks in Moscow, Kiev and Minsk. His experience will make him an invaluable addition to ensuring Melita meets its strategic financial objectives. Mr Maltby is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW) who trained with Ernst and Young and has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Melita has recently concluded a €50 million investment program to enhance its communications network with next generation technology in international connectivity and mobile communication.
Following this investment, Melita is now planning further expansion across its four areas of services (television, internet, fixed-telephony and mobile) by developing powerful new products which will continue to place Melita and the Maltese Islands at the forefront of practical applications of advanced communications and home entertainment technology.
“I am delighted to welcome Andrei and Michael in our Melita team. Both bring considerable experience in their respective fields and will undoubtedly contribute towards driving Melita towards further growth across our areas of business. Melita is living through a very exciting period of growth, success and investment and I look forward to Andrei’s and Michael’s contribution in making Melita even more successful and competitive” said Mr. Stephen Wright, Melita’s Chief Executive Officer.
Currently, Melita provides cable television services to over 100,000 families and businesses, cable internet to over 50,000 users, over 55,000 fixed telephone lines and mobile communication to more than 25,000 subscribers who joined Melita mobile in the first six months of operation.