Francis Mahwindi was born in 1967.
Mawindi is a qualified electrical engineer from the University of Zimbabwe and a holder of an MBA Degree with a concentration in finance from Howard University in Washington DC, USA.
- Francis Mawindi was the head of business operations for Global Services at France Telecom-Orange based in New York City, USA where he led the effort in the development, coordination and management of the business and strategic planning process for the Americas region encompassing North America and Latin America for Unified Communications and Collaborations Services and broadband communications for the multinationals business enterprise and institutional markets.
- He was also the general manager for Bright Point, an outsourcing company operating within the supply chain of the telecommunications industry, where he led the implementation of a Greenfield telecom project.
- Mawindi also worked for the then Posts and Telecommunications Corporation in Zimbabwe, now TelOne. He was part of the project leadership team that oversaw the implementation of the country’s wide billion dollar digitalization project in the early 1990s.
- He worked for Verizon a global telecommunications giant, where he supported a regional business development drive, a $500 million per year Federal Intelligence communications business portfolio with a total addressable market of $44 billion with operations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
- Before, the former Telecel CEO worked for Sprint (the third largest mobile operator in the United States) where he was part of the team that developed and implemented a $4billion project for the provision of mobile broadband telecommunications services.
He was hunted from the United States of America by Odgers Berndtson, a global executive search firm on behalf of Telecel Zimbabwe.
Odgers Berndtson provides an extensive range of high level and executive search, management assessment, and international assignments.
- Mawindi joined Telecel Zimbabwe in July 2012 and he led the effort in repositioning the company as a strong challenger to the dominant player through the establishment and operationalization of a solid blueprint and roadmap that increased the company’s market share to 30% from 21% at the beginning of the year. EBIDTA for the group increased to 30% by 2012.