Constituted in 2003, the Board provides the GSMA’s membership with a stronger voice, clearer direction, and faster decision making. The GSMA Board has 25 members reflecting the largest operator groups and members from smaller independent operators with global representation.
Chairman, GSMA, President & CEO, Telenor GroupWebsite
Mr. Jon Fredrik Baksaas is the Chairman of the GSMA. He has been President and CEO of Telenor Group since June 2002. During this period, the total number of subscriptions in Telenor Group’s mobile operations has increased from 21 million in June 2002 to approx. 179 million today; excluding VimpelCom Ltd. Telenor Group at present has mobile operations in 13 markets and in additionally 14 markets through the ownership in VimpelCom Ltd. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Baksaas served as Telenor’s Deputy CEO, CFO and Executive Vice President with the overall responsibility for Telenor’s networks and communication services in Norway, one of the world’s most advanced countries in ICT usage. Before joining Telenor in 1989, he served as CFO in Aker AS, CFO in Stolt-Nielsen Seaway and held finance related positions in Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in Norway and Japan. Baksaas is currently a board member of the GSMA Association, Svenska Handelsbanken AB, and the Advisory Council of Det Norske Veritas (DNV).Mr. Baksaas holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and has additional qualifications from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is married with three children.
Deputy Chairman, GSMA
Group Chief Executive Officer
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar was appointed Group CEO at Etisalat Group in July 2011, after serving as Group Chief Operating Officer from 2006.
As Group CEO, Mr. Julfar’s role includes the delivery of the Group’s commercial, technological, financial, business development and overall organisational goals as Etisalat strives to become one of the world’s top ten telecommunications companies.
Mr. Julfar also serves on the board of two of Etisalat’s international subsidiaries: Mobily of Saudi Arabia, as the chairman of the risk management committee; and Excelcomindo of Indonesia and is also a member of the Steering Committee responsible for delivering a nationwide All-IP NGN network in the UAE.
CEO of Transfer, America MovilWebsite
At present, Alejandro Magaña is CEO of Transfer, a service that allows any person or business with a mobile phone to send, request, and receive money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without the need of Internet. He is responsible for identifying, clarifying, building on and pursuing new business opportunities for the entire mobile payments and digital commerce system executed at Transfer. He also represents América Móvil in the GSMA board. Earned his degree in Business Administration from La Salle University and holds a Master in Economics and Business at the Anahuac University. At his previous position as Deputy Director of Productivity Services for América Móvil, he developed a deep understanding of the company in different areas: Value Added Services, business development, sales and marketing. He was responsible to design and executed the strategy of 4 critical México divisions in order to reach $1 billion dollars: Mobile Broadband, Mobile Office and Apps, Mobile Commerce and M2M. With more than 15 years of experience, he has a deep understanding of how to build a better experience in any project and create business opportunities in the surrounding environment. Energetic and self-motivated with a very simple way of thinking: "everything is possible”. His career reflects an interest in breaking paradigms by proposing solutions to real problems through the use of technology.
Executive Vice President – Global Connection Management AT&T MobilityWebsite
Bill Hague, Executive Vice President Global Connection Management, is responsible for developing both international and domestic strategy and partnerships around network access and connection agreements. These areas include domestic and international wholesale and retail roaming support, global and national access management and international voice termination. He also manages the company’s wireless operations in the cruise ship business, company wireless merger integrations and global wireless resale operations. Hague had previously served as Executive Vice President-International Development, responsible for developing and implementing international partner and roaming strategies for voice and data for both Cingular Wireless and the former AT&T Wireless, before it was acquired by Cingular. Hague previously managed the former AT&T Wireless' mergers and acquisitions department on both the national and international front; part of his duties included managing strategic investments. Prior to joining AT&T Wireless, Hague was with Pacific Northwest Cellular/Western Wireless Communications where he headed legal, human resources and regulatory affairs. Prior to that time, he served as a partner at the law firm of Stokes, Eitelbach & Lawrence. Hague currently serves on the board of directors of the global GSM Association, is the Chairman of the GSMA Finance Committee and is Chairman of the GSMA Ltd. He is also president of the African Education Foundation, a private foundation he established in 1980, after serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Colorado, a Master's Degree in Health Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Airtel India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel LimitedWebsite
Gopal Vittal is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited. In his role as CEO of the country’s largest privately integrated telecom operator, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations. He was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and data expansion. Mr. Vittal also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08) and made significant contributions towards driving revenue growth, market leadership and building Airtel as an iconic brand. In addition, Mr. Vittal has also been with Hindustan Unilever, where he headed the US$3.5bn Home and Personal Care Division. Over a twenty year tenure at Unilever, Mr. Vittal worked on several national and global assignments across sales, marketing and general management. Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM, Kolkata.
Executive Director and Vice President China MobileWebsite
Executive Director and Vice President of China Mobile Limited. Mr. Sha is principally in charge of marketing, data business and corporate customer management. He is also a Vice President of CMCC, a director of CMC, non-executive director of Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Limited and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd.. He previously served as Director of the Engineering Construction Department IV Division of Beijing Telecommunications Administration, President of Beijing Telecommunications Planning Design Institute, Deputy Director General of Beijing Telecommunications Administration, Vice President of Beijing Mobile Communications Company and Director and Vice President, Chairman and President of Beijing Mobile. Mr. Sha graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and received a Master's Degree from the Academy of Posts and Telecommunications of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and a doctoral degree in business administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a professor-level senior engineer with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
President and Vice Chairman China United Network Communications Group Company LimitedWebsite
Mr.Lu Yi Min,aged 46, was appointed as President and Vice Chairman of China United Network Communications Group Company Limited in February 2009. Mr.Lu, a professor level senior engineer, graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1985 and then was awarded a master’s degree in public administration by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr.Lu joined China Network communications Group Corporation (“Netcom Group”) in December 2007, serving as senior management. Mr. Lu has served as a Non-Executive Director of PCCW Limited (listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with an American Depositary Receipt trading on the Pink Sheets’ OTC Market in the U.S.) since May 2008.
Prior to joining the Netcom Group, Mr. Lu was a member of the Secretary Bureau of the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, serving as the Deputy Director and the Director of the Information Processing Office since 1992, Secretary at deputy director general level since 2001 and Secretary at director general level since 2005. Mr. Lu is an Executive Director and President of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (“Redchip Company”). Mr. Lu is also President of A Share Company and a Director and President of China United Network Communications Corporation Limited (“Operation Company”). Mr. Lu has extensive experience in government administration and business management.
Executive Director and Executive Vice President
Mr. Sun Kangmin is an Executive Director and Executive Vice President of China Telecom. He is a senior engineer. He holds a bachelor degree. Mr. Sun served as the Deputy Director General and Chief Engineer of Sichuan Posts and Telecommunications Administration, head of the Information Industry Department of Sichuan Province, Director General of Communication Administration Bureau of Sichuan Province, Chairman and General Manager of Sichuan Telecom Company Limited. He is also a Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation. Mr. Sun has 30 years of operational and managerial experience in the telecommunications industry in China.
Senior Vice President for Public & Regulatory Affairs Deutsche TelekomWebsite
Wolfgang Kopf (47) has been Senior Vice President for Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG since November 2006. He is responsible for Regulatory Affairs, Competition and Media Policy, Spectrum Strategy and Public Affairs. Wolfgang Kopf joined Deutsche Telekom Group in 1995 as Senior Manager responsible for International Business Development and M&A. In 1997 he became Head of DT’s Competition Law department and in 2000, Head of International Government Affairs where he was responsible for the regulatory and competition law aspects of all M&A activities of DT. From end of 2002 to November 2006 he led T-Mobile International’s Public and Regulatory Affairs Department. Wolfgang Kopf studied Arts and Law at the Universities of Mainz and Speyer, specializing in European and International Law.
He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of London. During his training as a lawyer, he worked for a leading international law firm and the European Commission.
Wolfgang Kopf chairs the Chief Regulatory Officers Group at GSMA Europe, he serves as Convenor of the European Round Table’s Competition Policy Working Group and as Vice-Chair of the OECD BIAC Competition Policy Committee. Wolfgang Kopf is the co-editor of two German Law Journals. He is also a Member of the Foundation Board of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, a Board Member of BRUEGEL and serves as Lay Judge at the Public Procurement Tribunals of the German Federal Cartel Office.
Idea Cellular Limited
Mr. Himanshu Kapania, age 53 years, an IIM Bangalore 1990 alumni, is the Managing Director of Idea Cellular Limited, a Pure Play Pan-India Mobile Operator with annual revenues of over US$ 5 billion, EBITDA over US$ 1.7 billion and 145 million GSM subscribers (as on 30th September 2014). Idea Cellular is the fastest growing Telecom Operator in India with 17.1% Revenue Market Share and Enterprise Value exceeding US$ 12 billion.
Idea Cellular Ltd is part of the Aditya Birla Group, a global Indian conglomerate, with Revenue of US$ 40 billion, Employee strength of 136,000 and interest in Metals – Aluminum & Copper, Cement, Textiles, Financial Services, Retail, BPO, etc., in India and 50 countries across the world. Himanshu was recently inducted as Director with the ‘Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.’ (ABMCPL), the strategic advisory unit of the Group.
Since 1997, Himanshu Kapania, a veteran of the Indian Telecom Industry, has participated in the evolution of the country’s Mobile Industry – from the period when India was a two player Mobile market to introduction of competition in NTP 1999 and fourth license auction in 2001, to hyper competitive 2008 phase with 12 Global Mobile Operators competing for the US$ 27 billion annual Indian Wireless business.
Himanshu led the company’s foray into Wireless Broadband business assisting Idea acquire 3G Spectrum in 2010 Global Auction with investment of US$ 1.3 billion, GSM 1,800 MHz spectrum in 2012 and LTE & HSPA Spectrum in 1,800 MHz & 900 MHz bands in February 2014 with investment of US$ 1.7 billion.
Himanshu Kapania, part of the Idea Key Senior Leadership Team, was responsible to transition the 2-Circle original 1995 Licensee to a Pan India Mobile Services status in 2008 through a combination of winning new licenses in the Auction and 'Merger & Acquisition'(M&A) including merger with Tata Cellular – Andhra Pradesh license & RPG Celcom license in Madhya Pradesh in 1999, Escotel licenses for Telecom Service Areas of UP-West, Kerala, Haryana, UP- East, Rajasthan and HP in 2002 and 2008 acquisition of Spice Communications for Punjab & Karnataka Telecom License Areas.
Idea Cellular Limited is the World’s 6th largest Telecom Operator in terms of Mobile Subscriber Numbers & Volume of Voice Minutes generating over 1.8 billion Minutes per day and providing extensive deep coverage to 350,000+ towns and villages across India.
Since Idea’s 'Initial Public Offering' (IPO) in 2007, Himanshu Kapania is the key leader driving company business helping deliver multifold increase in Subscribers (6 times), Revenue (5 times) & Profit (4.5 times) resulting in improved standing in Mobile Services from sixth rank player, to the current status as ‘One among the top three’ Indian Wireless Operator and retaining Idea's status as the ‘fastest growing Telecom operator for the last 5 years’.
Idea today is a household brand name. The tag line “An idea can change your life” resonates well with the masses in how telephony can change people's lives. Himanshu is actively involved in development of Idea’s Brand philosophy, architecture & strategy, and is part of development of award winning campaigns like the 'Population 3G Campaign' 'Honey Bunny', 'Telephone Exchange', '121', ‘No Ullu Banoing’ campaign etc.
Brand Idea is rated among Top 50 most admired brands of India in 2014 by Fortune and is ranked 8Th most Valuable Brand as per BrandZ Valuation for 2014.
Idea's unparalleled 'operating & financial' performance and an 'open, transparent & performance driven People culture' for its 13,000+ direct employees and 50,000+ indirect employees has resulted in Idea being one of the most awarded companies not only in Telecom but also across most sectors in India.
While Himanshu has been conferred upon the awards of ‘People CEO of the Year 2014’ by the National HRD Network and ‘Telecom CEO for 2013’ by tele.net, Idea Cellular has won many awards under his leadership: •EFFIES 2014 : Idea won 2 Gold Awards in the ‘Integrated Advertising Campaign and Services •Excellence in Marketing & Customer Experience by Economic Times. •Best Brand Campaign at World Communication Award 2011 & 2012 and •“India's Best Companies to Work for Study 2013” - 'Telecom Services' awarded jointly by 'Economic Times' and 'Great Places to Work Institute'.
Himanshu Kapania was the former Chairman of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) for the period 2012-14, the body representing interest of GSM operators in India, successfully leading the company and the Association through the period of ambiguity, uncertainty, volatility and extreme stress. With a clear well articulated vision, focused quality execution and alignment of Idea’s employees and partners, Himanshu continues to lead the company on its mission to improve Idea standing in the Mobility Voice and Data business.
Besides telecom, Mr. Kapania has rich experience in Automobile, Consumer Durables and Office Automation industries.
Himanshu is a BE (Electricals & Electronics Engg.) from BIT (Mesra) (1979-83) and a Post Graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (1988-90).
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang currently is the Chairman and CEO of KT Corporation, the largest integrated telecommunications and media company in Korea. Prior to this position, Dr. Hwang has served various leading roles in the IT industry. While he started his career as a promising engineer, over the years, he became an innovative leader who turned Samsung into a global prestigious company. After working at Intel and as a research associate at Stanford University, he joined Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in 1989. Dr. Hwang oversaw the development of the world’s first 256Mb DRAM in 1994 and world’s first NAND Flash in 1999. He contributed to the creation of new markets for semiconductor industry in mobile and consumer electronics, and brought in dramatic changes in information exchange. In 2002, Dr. Hwang gained prominence in the world’s semiconductor history by introducing the “Hwang’s Law”, which refers to a hypothesis that the density of the top-of-the-line memory chips will double every 12 months. He has proven for 8 consecutive years his 'New Memory Growth Model' which was published in “Proceedings of the IEEE” in November 2003. In 2008, he was named the President & Corporate Technology Officer of Samsung Electronics. In 2010, Dr. Hwang was appointed the National Chief Technology Officer and the Head of the Office of Strategic R&D Planning at Ministry of Knowledge Economy. According to government protocol, this position is a minister-level. As the National CTO of Korea, Dr. Hwang set the ambitious plan and laid foundations for Korea to become Global Top 5 Country in Technology by 2020 and led the national Future Flagship Programs to create new market. Dr. Hwang was a Distinguished Chair Professor at the Sungkyunkwan University in 2013. Dr. Hwang has been actively serving the IEEE Electron Devices Society and the Circuits and Systems Society as IEEE Fellow since 2002. He has been adorned with prominent awards such as the ISI Citation Classic Award (2000), the Technology Leadership and Innovations Award by Electronic Industries Alliance (2004), Best Scientist Award by Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (2006) and Andy Grove Award (2006). He was chosen as “25 Stars of Asia” by Businessweek (2003), “One of the Ten Big Thinkers” by Newsweek (2005), and one of “Top Executives of 2005” by Asiamoney (2006). Dr. Hwang serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Korea Center for UN Human Rights Policy. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of National Academy Engineering of Korea since May 2009. He also serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee at Constitutional Court in Korea. He is a well-renowned speaker who has given lectures at universities including Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cambridge University, Kellogg School of Management, UC Berkeley, Aachen University of Technology, Peking University, Kyoto University, along with various global top-class research institutions. He earned BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University, and received Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds 17 patents, and published 50+ technical papers.
Group President & CEO: MTN GroupWebsite
BSc (Eng), MBA
Group President CEO: MTN Group (APRIL 2011)
Executive Director since 2001
Mr. Dabengwa has been with the MTN Group since 1999 when he was appointed MD of MTN SA.
He was appointed CEO of MTN Nigeria in early 2004; he held this position until late 2006 when he was appointed to the position of Group COO. He held this position till March 2011 when he was appointed Group President & CEO.
President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO, incWebsite
Kaoru Kato assumed the posts of President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO, INC. in June 2012 after an accomplished 35-year career that started at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), the parent company of NTT DOCOMO.
Mr. Kato became an Executive Vice President, a Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Corporate Strategy & Planning Department of NTT DOCOMO, INC. in June 2008. He was instrumental in devising DOCOMO’s medium-term business plans, announced in 2008 and 2011, to transform the company for all-new growth and then help customers achieve smarter lives, respectively.
Prior to that, Mr. Kato held several key positions at NTT DOCOMO Kansai, Inc., including Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors from June 2007, and then concurrently Managing Director of the Corporate Strategy Planning Department from the following month. He became a Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Corporate Strategy Planning Department of NTT DOCOMO Kansai in August 2002.
From July 2005 to May 2007, he also served as a Representative Director and a Senior Corporate Executive Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co., Ltd., in which NTT DOCOMO acquired a 34% share in 2005 to develop its mobile credit-payment services.
In the aftermath of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, while at the precursor of NTT DOCOMO Kansai, Mr. Kato spearheaded network and facility restoration efforts.
In 1991, in the midst of Japan-U.S. trade conflicts, Mr. Kato, working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the then Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, played an important role in laying the groundwork for NTT’s procurement of non-Japanese communications satellites and mobile communications base station equipment.
Between 1985 and 1988, Mr. Kato helped to spearhead development of NTT’s first mobile phone, the TZ-802, as well as shoulder and aircraft phones. He is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of mobile phones, having made instrumental contributions to the development of land-, sea- and air-based mobile communications.
Mr. Kato started his career at NTT Public Corporation in 1977 after graduating from Nagoya Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in electronic engineering.
He is married with three adult children—one daughter and two sons.
Group CEO, OoredooWebsite
Dr. Nasser Mohammed Marafih is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ooredoo Group since 2006. He also served as Ooredoo Qatar CEO from 2002 until 2011. Born in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Marafih holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a Ph.D in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University, USA. Dr. Nasser started his career at Ooredoo in 1992 as expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was involved in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in February 1994. He joined Ooredoo Qatar in February 1994 as a Director for Strategic Planning & Development and led a number of strategic projects including the introduction of the Internet service in Qatar in 1996 and the privatization of Ooredoo Qatar from a government owned company to a publicly listed company in 1999. In his role as CEO, Dr. Nasser has spearheaded Ooredoo's global growth in recent years to expand to 15 operations in Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia, including Ooredoo's acquisition of Wataniya Telecom, Ooredoo's strategic partnership with ST Telemedia in Singapore, as well as the company’s purchase of a controlling stake in Indosat of Indonesia. Dr. Marafih serves in as a board member in a number of other Ooredoo Group companies including Ooredoo in Myanmar and Asiacell in Iraq. In addition, Dr. Marafih serves as Chairman of the Board of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation and as a member of the Board of GSMA. He is also the chairman of the South Asia, Middle East, North Africa region's SAMENA Telecommunication Council. Dr Nasser ranked #41 among the 100 powerful Arab leaders in 2015 and he has appeared in the ranking since the launch of the list in 2013.
Executive Vice President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies
Mari-Noelle Jégo-Laveissière has just been promoted as Executive Vice President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies. She is part of the Executive Committee of the Orange Group.
Previously, she was Senior Vice President of International & Backbone Network Factory. Prior to that, she was in charge of the merger between France Telecom and Orange France SA which became Orange SA on July 1st, 2013. From 2010 to 2012, Mari-Noëlle was Senior Vice President for Research and Development for the France Telecom group. She was responsible for Networks, products and Services Research, in contact with Telcos and manufacturers worldwide partners, anticipating and fulfilling the needs of the innovation chain.
She has held various executive positions in the Group since she joined the France Telecom Group in 1996: Vice president for the Home marketing Division of Orange France, Head of a French region where she was in charge of technical & commercial entities for mass markets and business clients.
Mari-Noelle obtained an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Paris. She is post graduate in Quantum Chemistry with a doctor’s degree from the University of Paris XI-Waterloo University and from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
President and CEO SK TelecomWebsite
Jang Dong-hyun was appointed as the President and CEO of SK Telecom, the Korea’s largest mobile telecommunications company, in Dec 2014. While he began his career at Yukong(now SK Innovation), which was the Korea’s first refiner, in 1991, he moved to SK Telecom in 2000 pursuing his goal to lead the company towards new opportunities for growth by shifting the ICT market paradigm. Since joining SK Telecom, he held various key positions in corporate strategy, finance and marketing. Jang served as SK Telecom’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2010 during which he was credited with taking the company to new heights of profitability. In 2011, he assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer and successfully opened LTE era in Korea. After launching LTE service in July 2011, he has implemented content & service-oriented LTE marketing strategies by launching LTE products and services. During his tenure as the Chief Marketing Officer, SK Telecom launched world first LTE-A in June 2013. In 2014, Jang took a position of Chief Operating Officer at SK Planet, the platform subsidiary of SK Telecom. Jang has put SK Planet on an accelerated path of growth by promoting online-offline integrated commerce platforms and expanding the company’s presence in the global market. Jang is known for his business acumen and open communication style. He holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in industrial engineering from Seoul National University in Korea.
Executive Vice President,
SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.
2001 - Manager of president's office, BB Technologies Corporation.
2002 - CEO of Tokyo Metallic Communications Corp.
CEO of Osaka Merallic Communications Corp. 2003 - Director, SOFTBANK BB Corp. 2004 - Senior Vice President, Director, JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD.
(currently SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp.)
Director, BB MOBILE Corp.
Senior Vice President, Director, SOFTBANK BB Corp. 2005 - Executive Vice President, Director, JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD.
(currently SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp.) 2006 - Executive Vice President, Director & CTO, Vodafone K.K.
(currently SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.) 2007 - Executive Vice President, Director ＆ CTO, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. (to present)
Executive Vice President, Director, SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp. (to present)
Executive Vice President, Director, SOFTBANK BB Corp. (to present) 2010 - Director & COO, Wireless City Planning Inc. (to present)
Executive Vice President, Director, WILLCOM Corp. (currently E-ACCESS Corp.) 2011 - Executive Vice President, Director & CTO, SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp. 2013 - Executive Vice President, E-ACCESS Corp. (currently YMOBILE Corp.)
Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Italia GroupWebsite
He was born in Alessandria on June 6, 1964. From April 13, 2011 to October 3rd, 2013 he has been Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Italia, and member of the Executive Committee. Since October 3, 2013, he is Group CEO. He graduated from Bocconi University in 1990, with specialisation in Corporate Finance. After some experience in the United States, he started his career in Telecom Italia in 1990, at the central Headquarters of the company, then called SIP. Since then, he has worked in the company financial sector, and played a leading role in a phase in which finance was considered from the point of view of providing support to the growth of the business. This was the period of the merger of Telecom Italia, the spin-off of TIM and the start-up of the mobile telephony company; Patuano contributed actively to this start-up as chief financial officer. His international career started in 2003 with appointment as CFO of TIM Brasil and Telecom Italia America Latina S.A., both Telecom Italia subsidiaries. In the years of his management, TIM Brasil became the second largest mobile phone company in Brazil, and the number one company present in all the Brazilian States with a merger of 11 companies. In 2004, TIM Brasil was the first to launch data transmission services based on EDGE technology. From 2004 to 2006 he was General Manager of Telecom Italia Latam; in this capacity he was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Telecom Italia subsidiaries in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and Paraguay. He also held operational positions in three of the companies. In this period he rationalised the portfolio of the Telecom Group companies with the sale of the Chile, Peru and Venezuela interests. In the same period e was also a member of the Board of Directors of the USA branch of Telecom Argentina, and of American internet companies connected with the Group. In 2006 he became Director of Fixed Telephony of Telecom Argentina, and from May 2007 to July 2008 was Operational General Manager for the entire company (fixed and mobile telephony). At this time Patuano directly undertook responsibility for the business, working for the company’s turn around. In 2008, Franco Bernabè called him back to Italy to become Chief Financial Officer of the Group in August of that year. From September 2008 to December 2009 he was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Italtel S.p.A., to improve the process of the company’s financial improvement. In November 2009 he was put in charge of the Telecom Italia domestic market sector, managing all the company’s business units in Italy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondazione Bocconi, with which he collaborates regularly, of the Board of Fondazione Telecom Italia and since July 2012 of UPA, the association of advertising users. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Olivetti. On May 22, 2013 he was also appointed to the council of Confindustria.
Vice President of Telefónica, S.A.Website
Julio Linares is a telecommunications engineer who joined Telefónica’s R&D Centre in May 1970 and held various positions there before being appointed Head of Telefónica’s Technology department in 1984. In April 1990 he was appointed General Manager of Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (Telefónica I + D). In December 1994 he became Deputy General Manager of Telefónica’s Marketing and Services Development, in the commercial area, subsequently moving to the position of Deputy General Manager for Corporate Marketing. In July 1997 he was appointed CEO of Telefónica Multimedia, and President of Telefónica Cable and Producciones Multitemáticas. In May 1998 he was appointed General Manager of Strategy and Technology in Telefónica, S.A.’s Corporate Centre. He has been CEO of Telefónica de España since January 2000. In June 2005 he was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cesky Telecom. In December 2005 he became Managing Director for Coordination, Business Development and Synergies in Telefónica S.A., where he was also a Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Executive Committee. In December 2007 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica, S.A. and he held this position until September 2012. He is now Vicepresident of Telefónica, S.A. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Telefónica Hispanoamérica, and of the Social Council of the Complutense University of Madrid.
President and CEO TeliaSoneraWebsite
Johan Dennelind Born 1969. President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2013. Between 2010 and 2013 Mr. Dennelind was International CEO South Africa at Vodacom. Previously he had several managerial positions at Telenor in Sweden and Malaysia, i a CEO of DiGi Telecommunications Malaysia between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that he had several managerial positions at Telia. Mr. Dennelind holds a Master of Science Business Administration.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director,
Telstra Corporation Limited
David Thodey is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra.
Born in Perth, David studied at Victoria University in New Zealand where he attained a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English. He also attended the Kellogg Post-Graduate School General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.
A passionate technologist and advocate for corporate responsibility, David started out as a systems engineer at IBM before rising to become CEO of IBM Australia/New Zealand.
David joined Telstra in 2001, serving as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles where he oversaw the mass take up of mobiles. In 2002, David was appointed Group Managing Director of Telstra Enterprise and Government, with responsibility for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally.
Since becoming Telstra’s CEO in 2009, David has focused on transforming the customer experience and building advocacy, driving value from Telstra’s core business, and building new growth opportunities, including Asia.
In January 2013, David joined the GSMA Board. He is also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the Australian B20 leadership group – the business advisory forum of the G20.
Chief Executive Officer, TURKCELLWebsite
Kaan Terzioğlu is a graduate of the Department of Business Administration at Boğaziçi University in 1990. He began his professional career in the same year as an Independent Auditor and CPA at Arthur Andersen Turkey. In 1992, Mr. Terzioğlu joined Arthur Andersen USA as the IT Strategies and Security Specialist, and in 1994, began working at Arthur Andersen Belgium as the Leader of Information Management and Digital Strategy Services. In 1998, he was appointed as the Vice President of Consultancy Services Turkey Operations. Between 1999 and 2012, he served as the Team Leader of E-Commerce Strategies for the EMEA region, Sales Director of Advanced Technologies for the EMEA region, Managing Director of Technology Marketing Organization for the EMEA region, and the Vice President of Central and Eastern Europe at Cisco Systems Brussels branch, respectively. Mr. Terzioğlu had been appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors at Akbank on April 3, 2012. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Aksigorta A.Ş., Teknosa İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. and Carrefoursa A.Ş.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Roy Chestnutt is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. He is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon's overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.
Before being named to his current position in January 2013, Chestnutt was senior vice president - Corporate Strategy, with responsibility for the formulation and execution of Verizon's strategic plan addressing new markets, solution areas and services that capitalize on the company's assets, capabilities and brand across all lines of business.
Chestnutt joined Verizon in 2011 from Motorola Networks where he served as corporate vice president of the Americas and helped lead the successful transition of the business unit to new ownership by Nokia Siemens Networks.
Chestnutt was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Grande Communications, a facilities-based, 'triple-play' communications provider in Texas. His responsibilities included leading the transition of Grande from startup to a full service, market-driven company, resulting in the successful sale of the company.
Prior to joining Grande, Chestnutt was the senior vice president of National Field Sales and General Business for Sprint-Nextel.
From 2000 to 2005, Chestnutt held positions at Nextel Communications as regional vice president of the Southwest in Austin and of the West in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also has general management experience with PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Cellular.
Chestnutt earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis in general management and international business, and a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University, with a concentration in marketing.
Chief Commercial and Operations Officer, Vodafone GroupWebsite
Paolo Bertoluzzo has been appointed the Vodafone Group’s Chief Commercial and Operations Officer. Bertoluzzo will have responsibility for overseeing Vodafone’s commercial strategy and operations, as well as innovation and transformation projects. He will take up his new role from 1 October 2013. Paolo Bertoluzzo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Italia in 2008 and has been a member of Vodafone Italia’s Board of Directors since 2006. Bertoluzzo took up the role of Chief Executive Officer Southern Europe from 1 August 2012, becoming a member of the Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee. Having joined Vodafone in 1999, Bertoluzzo has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer (2007) and Chief Commercial Operations Officer (2006), and has headed the Consumer division (2005). Between 2010 and 2012 he was a member of the board of directors of Vodacom, the biggest mobile communications group in Sub-Saharan Africa, and from 2005 to 2007 he was a member of Vodafone Ireland’s board of directors. After graduating in 1990 in Management Engineering from the Politecnico in Milan, in 1994 he obtained a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainbleau (France), before working as a management consultant in both Europe and the USA. Bertoluzzo was born in Padua in 1965, is married and has four children.