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.
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte amongst others. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is amongst the world’s largest telecommunications companies, offering mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 350 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa. Sunil has been the pioneer of the mobile revolution in India. At a time when mobile telecom was considered inaccessible for the masses, Bharti Airtel revolutionized the business model to offer affordable voice and data services. Starting from operations in one Indian city in 1994, to presence across 18 countries today, Bharti Airtel has transformed the quality of lives of millions of people globally, providing connectivity and digital empowerment. The company continues to focus on driving data as the ensuing growth frontier, and is leading the rollout of next generation data networks across India and Africa. Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, awarded to individuals for demonstrating distinguished services of high order. He has also been awarded Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Honor – the utmost honor accorded by the institute to its alumni. He is the recipient of GSMA’s prestigious Chairman award, besides being decorated with numerous industry honors. Sunil has been conferred Honorary Doctorates by several leading universities in India and UK. Sunil serves on many international bodies and think-tanks- he is the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman of GSM Association (GSMA), Member: International Business Council-WEF, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He is a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment. He was the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India in 2007-08. Sunil is closely associated with spearheading the Indian industry’s global trade, collaboration and policy – he has served on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry. He is also a member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan, India-Sweden CEO Forums. He is Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum. Deeply associated with the cause of education, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS and Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. Sunil believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in Bharti Foundation, which operates 254 schools as well as remedial centers to impart holistic education to over 1,00,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation.
Director General, GSMA
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.
Juan Carlos Archila
Executive Vice President of International Relationships, 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.
Executive Director and Vice President, China Mobile
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.
Executive Vice President, China Telecom
Mr Liu Guiqing is an Executive Vice President of China Telecommunications Corporation, Member of the executive committee of China Telecommunications Corporation. Mr 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, Mr 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. Mr Liu has 21 years management experience in the telecommunications industry.
Lu Yi Min
President and Vice Chairman, China United Network Communications Group Company Limited
Lu Yi Min
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.
Senior Vice President for Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
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.
CEO International, Etisalat Group
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.
Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited
Christian Salbaing is the Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Limited, the European headquarters company of Cheung Kong Hutchison Holdings, 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 decade, 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 and most recently as a member of the GSMA Limited Board. 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. He received an LL.L. degree in Civil Law from the University of Montréal in 1970 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco in 1974. He is a member of the Bars of Quebec, California (inactive status since 2006) and Paris.
Chairman, KDDI Corporation
Mr. Takashi Tanaka became President which is the CEO position of KDDI Corporation (KDDI) in Dec. 2010 after serving several key roles in KDDI including Senior Vice President of Consumer Business, Solution (Enterprise) Business and Product Development Sector. KDDI is a telecommunications company providing both mobile and fixed-line services including internet, whose revenue is JPY 4.47 trillion and operating profit is JPY 833 billion (FY ended March 2016). In his role of President, he leads KDDI with his solid growth strategy and achieved double digit growth of operating profit for the period for three consecutive fiscal years ended March 2016. Mr. Tanaka served as Chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA) which is the telecommunication industry organization in Japan. (2011-2012, 2015-2016) Mr. Tanaka graduated from Kyoto University in March 1981 majored in electrical engineering and awarded with a Master of Engineer in electrical engineering. He obtained a M.S. degree in electronic engineering from Stanford University in June 1985.
Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation
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.
Mauricio Ramos joined Millicom in April 2015 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He was most recently President of Liberty Global’s Latin American division, a position he held from 2006 until February 2015. Over the past 14 years, Mauricio has held several leadership roles at Liberty Global, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, Chief Financial Officer of Liberty’s Latin American division and President of Liberty Puerto Rico. Throughout this period he has successfully developed both mobile and broadband businesses in Latin America, delivering solid operational improvement and outstanding financial results. Mauricio is also Chairman of TEPAL, the Latin American Association of Cable Broadband Operators and Independent Director, Charter Communications (US). He is a dual Colombian and US citizen who received a degree in Economics, a degree in Law, and a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota.
President and Group CEO, MTN
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.
President And Chief Executive Officer, MTS
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
CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, NTT DOCOMO, inc
Kazuhiro Yoshizawa President
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.
Executive Vice President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange Group
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.
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.
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.
President, Group CEO, Telenor
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.
President and CEO, Telia Company
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, a CEO of DiGi Telecommunications Malaysia between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that he had several managerial positions at Telia Company. Mr. Dennelind holds a Master of Science Business Administration.
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, Verizon
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.
Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone
Serpil Timuray is the Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer and has been a member of the Executive Committee of Vodafone Group since January 2014. Prior to this, she was the regional CEO of Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific of Vodafone Group until October 2016. Serpil joined Vodafone in 2009 as the CEO of Turkey. Previously, she was the CEO of Danone Turkey from 2002 to 2008. She began her career in 1991 at Procter & Gamble, where she held several marketing roles and was subsequently appointed to the Executive Committee in Turkey. Serpil is an independent director on the board of the Danone Group. She is the Chairperson of Vodafone Turkey and has been a board member of the listed companies of Vodacom Group, Safaricom and Vodafone Qatar. She sits in the board of trustees at Koc University. She has also undertaken chairperson and vice-chairperson roles in various non-profit organizations. Over the years, Serpil has been recognized for her leadership by several organizations, including Fortune’s 2016 “Most Powerful Women International” ranking 23rd and Newsweek’s 2013 “World’s 125 Women of Impact” ranking 79th. She was nominated as “The Professional of The Year” in Turkey three times and a “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum in 2009.
CEO, Zain Group
Scott Gegenheimer was appointed Group CEO of Zain in December 2012. Zain is a leading telecom operator in the MENA region with 46 million customers and operates in eight countries. Since his appointment, Scott has set the strategic direction and managed the on-going transformation of Zain from a mobile consumer-focused operator, into an integrated telecommunications operator with a focus on customer experience, innovation, enterprise and digital services to successfully leverage Zain’s vast 3G/4G high-speed broadband networks. Scott is a multidisciplinary, results-oriented leader with a successful track record of over 25 years of which 15 years has been spent in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe regions. He has extensive operational experience in the wireless telecommunications and technology industries. Prior to Zain, Scott was CEO of Wataniya Telecom, now Ooredoo Kuwait, a regional multi-country operator. While he was there, he transformed Wataniya’s commercial strategy, technology focus and brand vision thus driving double-digit growth. Prior to this, Scott held both CFO and Co-CEO positions in Tunisiana, the leading mobile operator in Tunisia. Scott has also held executive positions at leading technology companies including Cisco Systems and Motorola in North America. Scott is a member of the board of directors of Zain’s affiliate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA), and a member of the board of Zain’s smart cities solutions provider, (neXgen Group). In addition he is a Commissioner to the ITU & UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and a member of the board of directors of SAMENA Telecommunications Council. A US educated native, Scott holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago (1993) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Northern Illinois University, USA, with a double major in Finance and Management (1989).