Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 43 - Page 12

NEWS Cquential Solutions makes new appointment to target business growth Orange and NSIA launch Orange Bank Africa Orange, a major telecoms provider in Africa and the Middle East, and NSIA, a leader of bancassurance, have announced the launch of Orange Bank Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Daniel Schotter, Operations Executive, Cquential Solutions Cquential Solutions, a warehouse management software (WMS) specialist and part of the Argility Technology Group, has appointed Daniel Schotter as the new operations executive. Schotter will be responsible for the management of the company’s delivery team with the goal of enhancing project deliveries in line with customer expectations. “Daniel is a key team member in the business. We brought him into the company about a year ago to assist with business development with a view to growing our customer base. He proved exceptional in that arena and added value to the Cquential brand,” said Shaun O’Brien, CEO, Cquential Solutions. O’Brien said Schotter’s experience and indepth knowledge of the WMS system and processes were key issues in his selection for this position. “We have tasked Daniel to assist with our operational challenges and in that regard he will be directing our delivery team to ensure we finalise assignments in line with strategic objectives of global service standards and improve our commercials on each project completed. Schotter has 23 years’ experience in the supply chain industry, eight of which was in IT Management. Headed by Jean-Louis Menann-Kouamé, Orange Bank Africa will offer clients a range of simple savings and credit services available at all times via mobile phone. In addition, Orange Bank Africa will address the needs of a large part of the population, often excluded from the world of conventional banking, allowing them to borrow and save small amounts that are nonetheless essential for their everyday lives. Orange’s mobile financial services strategy in Africa aims to offer solutions accessible to the broadest population regardless of their income or where they live. Orange Bank Africa intends to become a leader in ensuring financial inclusion in West Africa. Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange, explained that: “New technology is needed to strengthen financial inclusion and support economic development, as proven by mobile money over the past few years. Banking is a new area of business for Orange in Africa. It falls squarely in line with our strategy as a multi-service operator and our desire to drive the Digital Transformation forward in Africa.” 12 INTELLIGENTCIO