UTL gets new MD: Meet Mark Jude Shoebridge

Mark Jude Shoebridge

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[/blockquote]After a year with without a boss, Mark J. Shoebridge has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Uganda Telecom (UTL). The appointment was announced yesterday by the Chairman board of directors UTL Mr. Stephen Kaboyo. Mark will return to UTL effective 8th February 2016. He was the Acting MD after Mr Ali Amir resigned in February 2015 a position he held for over four months before he left UTL to take up a new opportunity in Vodafone Nigeria as the Executive Head of Operations.

At the time of Mark’s departure from UTL, he held the substantive position  of Chief Fixed Services Officer a potion he held for 2 years 3 months since 2013. In his letter to the UTL employees on behalf of the board that this blog has seen,  Board Chairman Mr Kaboyo thanked the current executive management team led by Mr. Godfrey Kisekka supported by Mr David Nambaale, Mr. Arif Ameer, and Mr John Sendikaddiwa, for the commendable over the last six months. He encouraged them to render support to the incoming MD and work as a team in order to ensure high level of staff morale, operational, business efficiency and continuity.

Marks comes at a time when the company is struggling to stay relevant on Uganda’s telecom scene. It’s no secret that Uganda’s oldest telecom firm is facing serious financial problems up to a tune of more than UGX 366 billion in liabilities that threaten to collapse the company. Mid last year, the Libyan Foreign Affairs minister, Mohamed Dayri revealed that his government will help sort out the financial challenges affecting UTL to a tune of  $56 million. The Liberian government owns 69% of the shares in UTL while the Government of Uganda has 31% shares in stake.

Mark Jude Shoebridge’s Experience in chronological order

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Mark Jude ShoebridgeExecutive Head of Operations :Vodacom Business Nigeria

– Present (6 months)Lagos, Nigeria

Heading operations in Vodacom Business Nigeria, Africa’s leading communications provider offering enterprises secure, flexible and award-winning cloud and hosting services.

Acting Managing Director:Uganda Telecom Ltd

(4 months)Uganda

Leading the Mobile and Fixed/Enterprise operations for this East African national telecommunications operator.

Chief Fixed Services Officer: Uganda Telecom Ltd

(2 years 3 months) Kampala, Uganda

Managing Director / Member of the Board :Nostracom Telecomunicaciones

(3 years)Granada, Spain.

Co-founded, established and continuously implemented strategic business, development and technological initiatives to this nationally recognized internet services provider. Led the introduction of breakthrough technologies in the provision of point to point links, FTTH Network and internet access to a wide variety of public and private clientèle from industries ranging from banking and financial institutions, health services to large corporations. Ensures that service delivery, support and technology platforms are capable of addressing local and regional operational needs relative to the business.

Chief Technology Officer and Head of R & D: Nostracom Telecomunicaciones
  (11 years 10 months)Granada, Spain

Primarily responsible for the development, management and control of the overall technical architecture and its concurrent strategy and IT budget. Developed and implemented strategic plans for service, design and transition for both the company and its retail, corporate and government clients. Consistently kept abreast of technological trends to maintain competitiveness.

Director IT :SDL plc

(2 years)Spain

Hired within this international leader in global information management to direct efforts to improving and expanding its technical infrastructure in Spain. Led a team of engineers in developing process management tools and managing DTP activity.

IT Project Director (Supply Chain/Fulfillment):ModusLink (then Stream International)

(2 years)Kildare, Ireland

Responsible for the standardization of specific systems within this supply chain division of the company (5,000+ employees). Responsible for system integration and data security for companies like Microsoft, Lotus, Novell, Intuit, SCO, amongst others, in order to allow them to fulfill their products.

IT Manager / Multimedia Producer : RR Donnelley Global Turnkey Solutions

(2 years)Dublin, Ireland

Responsible for technical areas of the Blackrock office of the company Including networking, server administration and desktop support.

Output Systems Director : Lionbridge / ELT

(1 year)Dublin, Ireland

Initially hired as a DTP operator, after a short period I was made Responsible for all production of the DTP department for performing layout work for multinational software companies and coordinate deliveries with the printers and fulfillment companies worldwide, using packages such as Ventura, QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Framemaker, amongst others.

Mark J. Shoebridge's details courtesy of LinkedIn