GSMA Board

On 12 November, the GSMA announced that it elected new members of the GSMA Board for the 2019-2020 term.

Constituted in 2003, the Board provides the GSMA’s membership with a stronger voice, clearer direction, and faster decision making. The GSMA Board has 26 members reflecting the largest operator groups and members from smaller independent operators with global representation.

Stéphane Richard

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Orange

Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard, born in 1961, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange since March 1, 2011.

He joined the Orange Group in September 2009 and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange.

From 2007 to 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.

He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration. He is a French national.

Mats Granryd

Director General, GSMA

Mats Granryd

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events.

Mats is a strong proponent of sustainability and led the mobile industry in becoming the first sector to broadly commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016. He is now spearheading initiatives to amplify and accelerate the mobile industry’s impact on all 17 of the SDGs, across both developed and developing markets.

Mats serves on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, which is focused on leveraging ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development. Within the Commission, he chairs the Working Group on Digital Gender Divide to address the digital gender divide and foster the equal inclusion of women and girls in broadband access and use. Mats is a leader with The B Team, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. From 2016 to 2018, Mats was also a Commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, working with CEOs across many industries to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy.

Mats brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. Prior to joining the GSMA in 2016, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators with more than 16 million customers across nine countries.

Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti.

Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Follow Mats on Twitter: @MatsGranryd

Juan Carlos Archila

EVP International Affairs, America Movil

Juan Carlos Archila

Juan Carlos Archila, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and Master in International Business from University of South Carolina, holds the position of Executive Vicepresident of International Relations ofAmerica Móvil since April of 2016. With more than 20 years of experience in the ICT sector, Juan Carlos worked for Motorola Inc. from 1994 to 2007 in different capacities and businesses in Colombia, theUnited States and in Mexico where he was appointed Vicepresident of Latin America Mobile Devices. Juan Carlos also worked for the ICT services sector from 2007 to 2009 as President of Brightstar Latin América after which he was appointed as CEO of Comcel in Colombia, one of America Movil’s main operations. Since 2012 he led the integration of the two America Movil properties in Colombia, Comcel and Telmex, thereby consolidating the Claro operation in the country becoming the CEO of Claro in Colombia, until his recent appointment as EVP of International Relations in America Movil.

Susan A. Johnson

Executive Vice President – Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T

Susan A. Johnson

Susan Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Global Connections & Supply Chain for AT&T. In this capacity, she is responsible for AT&T’s international & domestic strategy and partnership development for network connections. She oversees global and national access management, international voice termination, roaming support and tower strategy for the AT&T Radio Access Network. She also leads Supply Chain functions within AT&T Communications supporting the Entertainment Group, Business Services and Technology and Operations. Her team manages strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, sustainability, and supply chain logistics. Most recently, she is actively engaged in AT&T’s initiative to architect AT&T’s infrastructure towards software- defined networking. Jointly, her organization is responsible for a spend portfolio of over $70B that covers all of AT&T’s network and goods & services, domestically & internationally. Ms. Johnson began working for AT&T in Corporate Development and over her 20-year career has served in a variety of positions within the AT&T portfolio of companies. She served as the head of AT&T’s Corporate Strategy group and Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for developing new revenue opportunities through the application of emerging technologies and served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Information Services. Most recently Susan served as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations where she was the primary contact with the investment community on behalf of AT&T including Wall Street research analysts and institutional investors. Before joining the AT&T family, Ms. Johnson was an investment banker at Smith Barney, Inc. in the San Francisco Technology Group, where she provided a range of financial advisory services to communications and technology clients. Ms. Johnson directed several growth companies through an initial public offering of stock and served as an advisor on merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to business school, she also worked in Smith Barney’s New York office as an analyst in the LBO/High Yield Debt area. Susan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised on the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Susan received the 2017 Dallas Business Journal top Women in Business Award. Susan lives in Dallas with her husband, Sean, and two children. She also serves on the board of Quest Forum, a global quality and sustainability association. She is an active runner and cyclist.

Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim

President & Group Chief Executive Officer, Axiata

Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim

Jamaludin is Managing Director/President & Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, which he joined in March 2008. He has worked for about 35 years in the ICT industry –16 years in IT and 19 years in telecommunications.

Jamaludin started hiscareer as a lecturer in Quantitative Methods at California State University, USA in 1980.

He then spent 12 years in IBM (1981-1993), the first five years as Systems Engineer and then in various positions in Sales, Marketing and Management. In 1993, he wasappointed Chief Executive Officer of Digital Equipment Malaysia (the Malaysian branch of Digital Equipment, then the second largest IT company worldwide).

Four years later, in 1997, Jamaludin joined Maxis Communications Berhad, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In 2006, he was re-designated Group Chief Executive Officer. He retired from Maxis in 2007. In 2008, he joined Axiata as the Managing Director/President & Group Chief Executive Officer.

Gopal Vittal

Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel

Gopal Vittal

LI Zhengmao

Executive Vice-President, China Mobile Communications Corporation

LI Zhengmao

Li Zhengmao is Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co.,Ltd.. He holds a doctoral degree in Engineering and a professorship. Dr. Li also serves as Vice President of China Institute of Communications, and a Steering Committee Member of Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI).

Dr. Li previously served as Director of National Key Laboratory with University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, a Member of Communication Technology Expert Committee with National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program), a Member of Leadership Group for the Third Generation Mobile Communication R&D Program launched jointly by Ministry of Science and Technology and former Ministry of Information Industry, as well as Executive Vice President of China Unicom.

Dr. Li was awarded the honorary title of ‘Chinese Doctoral Degree Holder with Outstanding Contribution’ by Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council and former National Education Commission, and ‘the Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth’ by China Association for Science and Technology with Special Government Allowance granted by the State Council. And he received

the Distinguished Industry Leader Award from IEEE in 2017.

Liu Guiqing

Executive Vice President, China Telecom

Liu Guiqing

Dr Liu Guiqing is an Executive Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation, Member of the executive committee of China Telecommunications Corporation. Dr Liu Guiqing is a professor-level senior engineer. He graduated from the National University of Defense Technology and received his Doctoral degree in information and communication engineering. He is currently the Executive Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation. His previous positions include a lecturer at the National University of Defense Technology, the Manager of Multimedia Communication Department of China Telecommunications Corporation Hunan Branch, and the General Manager of Hunan Zhichuang Digital Technology Corporation Limited. Having joined the China United Network Communications Group, Dr Liu had since held many positions, including the Manager of Marketing Department, the Vice General Manager, and the General Manager of China United Network Communications Group Corporation Limited Hunan Branch. He also served as the General Manager of China United Network Communications Group Corporation Limited Jiangsu Branch. Dr Liu has 21 years management experience in the telecommunications industry.

Shao Guanglu

Executive Vice President, China Unicom

Shao Guanglu

Shao Guanglu is Executive Vice President of China Unicom Group. He also serves as non-executive director of PCCW Limited (PCCW), China Tower Corporation, and China Communications Services Corporation. Mr. Shao is currently board member of ONF (Open Network Foundation), ViceChairman of China Information Technology Industry Federation, andDeputy Director of Communication Science and Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. He graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology and received his master’s degree in engineering and in economics. In 2009, he received a doctor’s degree in management from Nankai University. Mr. Shao is a professor level senior engineer and has worked in the telecommunications industry for long time.

Srini Gopalan

Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom

Srini Gopalan

Since January 1, 2017, Srini Gopalan is responsible for the Europe segment of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Gopalan was previously responsible for consumer business at Bharti Airtel in India, which covered broadband connections and satellite TV, in addition to mobile communications. His main focus was to position Airtel in what is an otherwise very price-sensitive market through innovative offerings. Before joining Bharti Airtel, Gopalan worked in the UK for over ten years – at first in a number of functions for Capital One, which he left as Managing Director UK in 2009. He then worked as Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile UK and was part of the management team that led T-Mobile UK to the joint venture with Orange, everything-everywhere. He then transferred to Vodafone UK, where he was Director of the Consumer Business Unit for three years.

Gopalan studied Business Administration at the renowned St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi and later earned his MBA at IIM Ahmedabad, India’s leading business school.

Hatem Dowidar

CEO International, Etisalat Group

Hatem Dowidar

Mr Hatem Dowidar joined Etisalat Group in September 2015 as Group Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, International of Etisalat Group in March 2016. Prior to joining Etisalat Group, Mr. Dowidar was Chairman of Vodafone Egypt and Group Chief of Staff for Vodafone Group. Mr Dowidar has over 24 years of experience in multinational companies. He initially joined Vodafone Egypt in its early start-up operation in 1999 as Chief Marketing Officer. After successfully undertaking two group assignments and the role of CEO Vodafone Malta, he became the CEO of Vodafone Egypt from 2009 – 2014.

Christian Salbaing

Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited

Christian Salbaing

Mr Salbaing is the Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited, the European headquarters company of CK Hutchison Holdings (CKHH), the Hong-Kong-based international Ports, Telecoms, Retail, Energy and Infrastructure conglomerate. He is also Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Europe Investments S.à.r.l., the principal holding company for CKHH’s assets in Europe. He is the representative of Hutchison across all of its businesses in Europe, in particular with key strategic partners of the Group, the European Commission and member governments.

Christian has been an active participant in several GSMA activities over the past 15 years, including as Chair on the Spectrum Management Committee, a member of the former Executive Management Committee, a member of the Governance Committee of the Board, Chair of the Business Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of GSMA Limited, and a member of the GSMA Board since 2017. He was previously a member of the ITU Telecom Board (a UN Agency) and of the Asia Task Force set up by the UK Government in 2011.

He trained as a lawyer and practiced in international mergers and acquisitions for 25 years with Freshfields, the international law firm, Coudert Brothers and Stikeman Elliott, in New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong, before joining the Hutchison Whampoa Group in 2000.

Rob Shuter

President and Group CEO, MTN

Rob Shuter

Rob is a seasoned Executive with experience in the Telecommunications and Financial sectors across the African and European markets. Prior to joining MTN in March 2017, Rob served as CEO of the Europe Cluster at Vodafone and CEO of Vodafone Netherlands. He is the former Group CFO of Vodacom Group. During his banking carrier, Rob served as Managing Director of Nedbank Retail and head of Investment Banking at Standard Bank.

Alexey Kornya

President And Chief Executive Officer, MTS

Alexey Kornya

Alexey Kornya was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of MTS PJSC in March 2018. Alexey boasts a long and storied career at MTS. He joined the Company in 2004 as Finance Director of the Urals Macroregion. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Director, Business Planning, for MTS Group and in 2007, he became the Chief Financial Controller of MTS Group. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President, Finance & Investments, and Chief Financial Officer. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Alexey oversaw the Company’s transformation from a traditional mobile communications provider to a multi-service, data-focused integrated telecommunications firm. During his tenure, MTS integrated numerous assets, including both fixed-line and mobile providers, streamlined the finance function by consolidating operations and developing a unified operating center for back-office functions and oversaw a number of benchmark financial transactions within the sector. Lately, Alexey has been instrumental in spearheading M&A transactions, which have established MTS as a major player in the burgeoning market for Internet-based products and services. Prior to joining MTS, Alexey worked for North-West Telecom and PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit. He is a member of the Budget Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of MTS Ukraine PrJSC. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Mobile TeleSystems JLLC (MTS Belarus) and RTC JSC. Alexey also serves on the Board of Directors and the Strategy and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors of MTS Bank PJSC. Alexey was born in 1975. In 1998, he graduated with honors from the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

Kazuhiro Yoshizawa

President & Chief Executive Officer, NTT DOCOMO

Kazuhiro Yoshizawa

Kazuhiro Yoshizawa was named President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive General Manager of the Sales and Marketing Division of NTT DOCOMO, INC. in June 2016. Concurrently, he retains his position as a Member of the Board of Directors, which he assumed in June 2011. Mr. Yoshizawa was a Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, and responsible for technology, devices and information strategy from June 2014. He became General Manager of the Structural Reform Office in July 2013, while concurrently serving as an Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Corporate Strategy and Planning Department, and responsible for the Mobile Society Research Institute from June 2012. He was a General Manager of the Human Resources Management Department from June 2011. He was named a Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Corporate Sales and Marketing Department II in June 2007. Mr. Yoshizawa entered NTT Public Corporation in April 1979, after graduating from Iwate University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He was born on June 21, 1955.

Mathew Oommen

President & Member of the Board of Directors, Reliance Jio

Mathew Oommen

Mathew Oommen as President of Reliance, leads Jio’s Network, Strategy, and Service Platforms enabling India’s digital transformation to affordable and scalable broadband connectivity for the creation and adoption of digital services leveraging cloud centric open source platforms disaggregating hardware, software and services. Mr Oommen has been part of Jio since the beginning of its ambitious green field all-IP network build.

At Reliance Jio, Mr Oommen personally leads technology and product development. His focus has been driving innovation across network, applications, devices, and systems, having successfully implemented new technologies and solutions enabling industry-leading innovation across Devices and Applications, including Automation, Big Data Analytics and Software Defined Platforms across Jio’s Network and Business Operations. All of these have become key building blocks in transforming the industry as a whole and have set the stage for India’s rapid inclusive growth in digital services adoption across verticals and segments.

Prior to Reliance, Mr Oommen was Chief Technology Officer of Sprint, responsible for network and technology development, systems architecture, device development, including leading the M2M/Connected Car Service development. He has also held executive positions at Williams Communications/Wiltel and MCI Worldcom/Verizon.

Chua Sock Koong

Group Chief Executive Officer, Singtel

Chua Sock Koong

Ms Chua Sock Koong is the Group CEO of Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology group.

Appointed Group CEO in April 2007, Sock Koong directs the Singapore-based multinational’s global strategy and oversees its consumer, enterprise and digital businesses.

Sock Koong sits on the boards of Singtel, Bharti Airtel Limited, Bharti Telecom Limited, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, Cap Vista Pte Ltd and key subsidiaries of the Singtel Group.

She is a member of the Singapore Management University Board of Trustees, the Public Service Council, the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council and the Indonesia-Singapore Business Council. She is also an alternate member of Singapore’s Council of Presidential Advisers.

Sock Koong holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from the University of Singapore. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and a CFA charterholder.

Jung Ho Park

President, Chief Executive Officer, SK Telecom

Jung Ho Park

Jung Ho Park is currently the Chief Executive Officer for SK Telecom (www.sktelecom.com), providing highly experienced executive leadership to manage risks and resolve complex business challenges. Mr. Park has business and technology expertise in ICT sector, and extensive experiences of M&A, business development, investment, and risk management. Prior to his current role, Mr. Park served as Chief Executive Officer for SK Holdings where he dedicated to build SK’s future growth by establishing new organizations for energy and chemicals, smart technologies in the areas of information, telecommunication, and semiconductor. Mr. Park was also a key leader for the merger between SK Holdings and SK C&C, which was accomplished successfully in Aug, 2015. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr. Park concurrently held dual position as the Head of Corporate Development Division for SK C&C and SK Telecom, where he was responsible for managing M&A activities, and corporate relations activities including PR, GR, IR, legal counseling, and risk management. From 2010 to 2012 Mr. Park served as the Chief Growth Officer at SK Telecom, where he focused on the company’s inorganic growth including MNO, telecom infrastructure, and Semiconductor related investments. During the time, Mr. Park played an important role in acquisition of Hynix, a second largest global semiconductor corporate, which was the biggest M&A deal in SK history. Mr. Park started his career at SK in 1989. Since then he has fulfilled various posts under the SK Group as head of marketing, invest management, business development, and secretary for the Chairman from SK companies such as SK Telecom, SK Communications, SK C&C, and SK Holdings, respectively. In a global perspective, Mr. Park experienced diverse roles in New York and Japan, where he spearheaded the business development, and contributed to expand business portfolio for SK Group. Mr. Park received his M.B.A. from George Washington University in 2000, and his B.S. in business administration from Korea University in 1988.

Marcelo Claure

Chief Operating Officer, Softbank

Marcelo Claure

Marcelo Claure is chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. and chief executive officer ofSoftBank International, a Japanese multinational conglomerate, and is a member of the SoftBank board of directors. He also serves on the board of Arm, a leading global chip technology developer and is executive chairman of the board of Sprint Corporation where he most recently was Sprint’s CEO. He is chairman of Miami Beckham United, Miami’s newest major league soccer franchise, and chairman of CTIA, a national trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States.

SoftBank runs the world’s largest technology fund, Vision Fund,and is known for its bold vision and strong leadership. Marcelo was selected by SoftBank’s founder and CEO, Masayoshi Son to focus on managing the operations of SoftBank’s increasingly global portfolio of companies. Marcelo is responsible for ensuring that all group companies and investments are meeting their financial and operating objectives, as well as managing group synergies and transformations. In addition, he manages SoftBank Group’s corporate functions including global government affairs, human resources, legal, compliance and communications. Mr. Claure is also responsible for SoftBank’s ongoing investment in Sprint.

Sprint is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, providing service to 54.6 million customers in nearly 200 countries around the world. Marcelo joined the company in August 2014 and took the company through a significant transformation–growing revenue and reducing expenses while massively improving the quality of its products and services. During his four years as CEO, Sprint revitalized its brand and went from losing millions of customers to gaining more than 2.1million. Under Marcelo’s leadership the company delivered its best financial results in company history. Sprint is currently seeking governmental approval to merge with T-Mobile. Upon completion of the merger, Marcelo will join the board of the new company, which has a total implied enterprise value of approximately $146 billion.

Marcelo immigrated to the United States from Bolivia. In 1997, he founded Brightstar as a small, Miami-based wireless distributor and transformed it into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company, with revenues exceeding $10 billion and a presence in more than 50 countries. Brightstar was recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in U.S. history. Marcelo embodies the successful pursuit of the American Dream.

Marcelo has been recognized as one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. And Hispanic Business magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Year.

Marcelo is very passionate for futbol (soccer). He owns Club Bolivar, Bolivia’s most popular and successful soccer team currently the ranked #9 in Latin America. Marcelo is chairman and majority owner of Miami Beckham United with partners David Beckham, Jorge Mas and Masayoshi Son. The team is expected to play in 2020.

In 2016, he was among 42 individuals selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative recognizing notable contributions to the progress of our society. Past notable award recipients have included PayPal founder Max Levchin, chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, actress Sofia Vergara and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Giving back to those in need is one of Marcelo’s top priorities. More than a decade ago, he and Nicholas Negroponte co-founded One Laptop Per Child, an organization dedicated to providing low-cost laptops to children in impoverished communities. At Sprint, Marcelo launched the 1Million Project to help 1 million high school students across the U.S. reach their full potential. The 1Million Project is one of the largest U.S. corporate initiatives to help bridge the digital divide. Each participating student receives a device and free high-speed internet access to ensure they have the connectivity necessary to succeed in school and accomplish their goals.

Marcelo earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance in 1993 and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Marcelo is married and has six children.

Nasser Sulaiman A. Al Nasser

Group Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

Nasser Sulaiman A. Al Nasser

Engineer Nasser Sulaiman A. Al Nasser was appointed as STC CEO group early in 2018, he is Leading STC’s 2020 vision and digitization with strive for distinction and excellence. Back in 2015, Engineer Al Nasser has worked as a Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations at Saudi Telecom Company. He has Extensive experience in People Leadership (Thousands of Employees), Project and Program Management and organizational efficiency. He also has comprehensive knowledge in new technology trends related to transformation, digitization and new cloud platforms, coupled World-class knowledge in all new ICT related technologies: NFV, SDN, IoT, spectrum and related services that will save cost, enable better performance and agile customer service/experience. He manages four major advanced technology Sectors in STC: Network, IT, Operations and Corporate Data Analytics. He pioneers and drives all the new related transformation initiatives, towards STC’s 2020 Vision and beyond. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and has an extensive experience in all aspects of the telecommunications market.

In the late 1990’s, Engineer Al Nasser played an active role in the launch and expansion of STC mobile networks covering the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has always held pivotal and critical positions within STC, including Network Engineering, Design and Operations. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the General Manager for “Technical Standards and Numbering” at KSA Main Telecommunications Regulatory body Communications and Information Technologies Commission (CITC).

In 2007, Engineer Al Nasser joined Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) to assume higher executive responsibilities. Until 2015, prior to rejoining STC, he served as Mobily’s Chief Technical Officer, and subsequently assumed the position of the Chief Executive Officer at the same company. He Managed Multi-Billion Saudi SAR Annual CAPEX & OPEX program for Mobily, and held responsibilities for setting the strategies related to roadmap/ Convergence and new technologies, and alignment with corporate strategies.

Since December 2015, he has held several high ranks Positions at major STC-Group corporations, including: Türk Telekomünikasyon A.S, AVEA, STC-S, etc.

Julio Linares López

Vice President, Telefónica, S.A.

Julio Linares López

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.

Sigve Brekke

President, Group CEO, Telenor

Sigve Brekke

Mr. Sigve Brekke is the President and CEO of Telenor Group, a position he has held since 2015. Telenor is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 211 million mobile subscriptions and mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordics, Central Europe and Asia. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Brekke served as Executive Vice President and Head of Region Asia. He has been instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in the region: From being part of setting the initial direction in 1999, Mr. Brekke has been a key driver and shaper of making Telenor a leading force in key Asian markets. He has served as CEO of Telenor-controlled mobile network operators in Thailand (dtac) and India (Uninor/Telenor India). He has also been key in M&A activities and most recently entered the market in Myanmar. Prior to joining Telenor Sigve Brekke had a political career in the Norwegian Labour Party and the Labor Youth Organisation (AUF). He served as State Secretary of Defence in Norway from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Brekke holds a Master of Public Administration degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is married, has three children and resides in Oslo.

Andrew Penn

Chief Executive Officer, Telstra

Andrew Penn

Age 55, MBA (Kingston), AMP (Harvard), FCCA, HFAIPM

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director since 1 May2015.

Andy joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. Andy is an experienced executive with a career spanning 40 years. Prior to joining Telstra, he was with AXA Asia Pacific in a variety of roles including Group Chief Executive (2006-2011), Chief Executive Officer Australia and New Zealand, Group Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive for Asia. Andy has also contributed widely to not-for-profit and community organisations. In November 2018, Andy joined the Board of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the leading mobile network association representing companies worldwide and fostering industry programs driving the mobileindustry to play a leading role in developing Future Networks, managing Digital Identity and mobilising the Internet of Things.

Other directorships/appointments:
Board member, the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (from 2018). Life Governor, Very SpecialKids (from 2003). Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, The Big Issue Advisory Group, and Ambassador, Amy Gillet Foundation.

Murat Erkan

CEO, Turkcell

Murat Erkan

Mr. Murat Erkan started his professional life at Toshiba after then he became an Application Engineer at Biltam Engineering. Mr. Erkan had been the first “System Engineer” of Turkey at Cisco Turkey. He served as Chief Officer at Cisco Systems in charge of technology, sales, business development and channel management for ten years. Mr. Erkan had been the Business Unit Manager at Aneltech working on solutions related to telecommunication, mobile, ICT, the defense industry and industrial products sectors starting in 2006. Murat Erkan joined Turkcell Group in June 2008 as the General Manager of Turkcell Superonline, and between December 2015 -March 2019 he assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Sales. Murat Erkan graduated from the Yıldız Technical University Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department in 1992. He completed the Strategic Marketing Program at Harvard Business School in 2010. Mr. Murat Erkan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at Turkcell on March 15, 2019.

Rima Qureshi

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon

Rima Qureshi

Rima Qureshi is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. She is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures. Before joining Verizon in November 2017, Qureshi was president and CEO of Ericsson North America. She has extensive experience in successfully managing various business segments, including strategy, sales, product management, and research and development. She also has extensive experience in acquisitions and integration. Before becoming president and CEO of Ericsson North America in 2016, she was Ericsson’s chief strategy officer and head of mergers and acquisitions. Her more than two decades of leadership experience in the mobile communications industry included more than 15 years of global experience. Qureshi joined Ericsson in 1993 and was a vice president there since 2000. In 2010 she was named senior vice president of Ericsson’s CDMA Mobile Systems Group, and she assumed additional responsibilities as senior vice president of strategic projects in 2013. She also served as chairman of the Ericsson’s Northern Europe, Russia and Central Asia group and chairman of Ericsson’s Modem division before becoming chief strategy officer. She is currently a board member of MasterCard Incorporated and Great West Lifeco Inc., and she has significant experience working with the humanitarian sector and various United Nations agencies. With both undergraduate and master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal, she is fluent in English and French.

Vivek Badrinath

Chief Executive for the Africa, Middle East & Asia-Pacific, Vodafone

Vivek Badrinath

Chief Executive Officer,Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific Region.

Executive Committee member since October 2016.

Vivek Badrinath joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP in October 2016. He oversees Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and New Zealand.

Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive at the international hospitality group Accor Hotels where he was responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution and information systems. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive with Orange and has a long career in telecommunications, Technology, and Enterprise Services within Orange. Between 2000 and 2004 he ran the Indian operations of Thomson. He was a Board member of Nokia between 2014 and 2016.

He is a recipient of the French National Order of Merit.