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After introducing the African continent to cellular communication, Prentiss Q. Yancey has returned to Atlanta-based Smith Gambrell & Russell as counsel. Yancey spent six years as president and CEO of Africom Telecommunications Ltd. where he helped position the company to penetrate Africa with satellite-based telecommunications. Yancey, who joined Smith Gambrell after graduating from Emory University School of Law in 1969, took a leave of absence from his corporate practice in 1994. He says his initial plan was to spend 90 days working with Africom and AT&T to implement his business plan. But the founders of Africom asked him to stay on board and put together a senior business development team for the company. In partnership with AT&T, Africom deployed and operated a mobile satellite-based telecommunications system for Africa. “I said it would take 90 days to at least put the team together, and it ended up taking a full year,” Yancey says. And that one year turned into six years as he guided Africom through Africa. Yancey was based in New York and London but traveled throughout Africa. He says many of Africom’s satellite-based telecommunications products were marketed and sold in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as central and east Africa. In 1993, prior to the formation of Africom, Yancey says, there was “limited cellular penetration” in Africa. Now, he says, the continent has a slightly larger “teledensity” of about 2 percent. That means one in 50 African households uses cellular telephones, he says. Yancey says he returned to Atlanta to spend more time with his family. Briefly … � Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins partner J. Marcus Howard is switching from defense to plaintiffs’ work. Howard joined Loewenthal & Fleming as a shareholder Wednesday. The Loewenthal firm is now Loewenthal, Fleming & Howard. Howard, who had been with Mozley, Finlayson for seven years, says he’ll take on personal injury and employment cases at his new firm. � The Anti-Defamation League will honor Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore partner Emmet J. Bondurant II at its fourth annual Jurisprudence Luncheon Tuesday. Bondurant will receive the Elbert P. Tuttle Award for his legal accomplishments and commitment to justice. The luncheon will be at the Four Seasons Hotel. For more information, call the ADL at (404) 262-3470. � Arnall Golden Gregory attorney Charles T. Huddleston and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor received Ally Awards this week for their support of women’s issues. The awards, presented Wednesday at the 2001 Possible Woman Leadership Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center, are bestowed yearly to one businessperson and one government employee. Huddleston, chairman of Arnall Golden’s employment law practice, is the founder of the Georgia Women’s History Month Committee and supports the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and the Georgia Women’s Intersport Network. Taylor was elected for his work in the state Senate, where he helped pass legislation on women’s health issues. � The YWCA of Greater Atlanta honored Judge Nina Hickson of the Fulton County Juvenile Court as a 2001 Academy of Women Achiever. Hickson sits on the board of the National Child Labor Committee and has led a campaign to create tougher laws against teen prostitution. � Judith M. Becker, a trusts and estate partner with Becker & Fortune, will address Yeshiva Atlanta’s annual meeting on May 20. Becker’s address will cover the tax benefits of planned giving. For more information, call (770) 451-5299, ext. 40 or 25.

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