APO Group, a leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service firm in Africa and the Middle East, on Monday, appointed Lionel Reina as Chief Executive Officer.
Founder and owner of APO Group, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, 43, will become Chairman to focus on delivering “high-level counsel for APO Group clients and developing his own investment fund dedicated to Africa”.
“Lionel Reina has over 25 years of senior management experience and has a strong history of providing effective leadership and delivering significant growth,” the company said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA.
From 2003 to 2012, Reina was Vice President and General Manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Orange Business Services, the B2B division of French telecoms company Orange – a remit that covered more than 80 countries. He was made General Delegate and Chairman of the Board of Orange Business Saudi Arabia in 2012.
In 2013, he was appointed Middle East Director in the Gulf region for Accenture. More recently, he was Managing Director Benelux for Damovo which was acquired by Eli Global in July 2018.
In 2011, Lionel Reina was named as one of the Top 10 networking senior executives on the coveted ‘Power List’ compiled by Network Middle East Magazine.
The appointment was acknowledged with a photo of Lionel Reina displayed on the NASDAQ Tower in New York’s Time Square. The NASDAQ Tower is considered the most visible LED video display in Times Square and is one of the most valuable advertising spaces in the world. APO Group has been in a strategic partnership with NASDAQ OMX’s GlobeNewswire since 2014.
As CEO of APO Group, the 50-year-old assumes operational responsibility for all aspects of the business and will look to grow its portfolio of clients and continue its international expansion and digital transformation – building on the company’s extraordinary successes over the last 11 years.
Lionel Reina’s appointment is a signal of the company’s ambitions as it moves into the next phase of its development, APO Group said.
Since its formation in 2007, APO Group has quickly become one of the most influential and reputable media relations consulting firms in Africa and the Middle East through its pioneering press release distribution and innovative monitoring solutions.
Its global advisory services allow organizations from all over the world to harness the potential of media by developing strategic communications plans that help to build positive connections with key audiences.
APO Group can count Facebook, Hilton and PwC among more than 300 prestigious clients – and 57 of the biggest global PR agencies regularly rely on APO Group’s media expertise to increase their clients’ exposure.
APO Group says it has built strategic partnerships with Bloomberg, Getty Images, CNBC Africa and many other international media organizations, and is also the main Official Sponsor of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa.
“This is the right time for APO Group to bring in a professional CEO as we continue to grow,” said Pompigne-Mognard, Chairman, APO Group. “Lionel has a fantastic track record in helping companies scale up quickly and break new ground. I have known Lionel for many years, and from the moment I decided to change my role, I was certain he was the right person to help change the narrative of APO Group and move us forward to the next level and beyond.”
“This is a great opportunity and I want to personally thank Nicolas for the trust he has placed in me,” said Lionel Reina, Chief Executive Officer, APO Group. “I’ve been following the progress of APO Group for years and been hugely impressed by their approach to innovation and willingness to stay ahead of the competition. I want to ensure we keep our strong customer focus and build on our reputation as a global consultancy with unique experience and relationships across the media landscape.”
Simon is a renowned international journalist, founder and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.