GSMA ANNOUNCES NEW KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FOR MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015

Executives from ARM, Ericsson, Micromax, Qualcomm and SAP Added to 2015 Keynote Programme; Registration for 2015 Mobile World Congress Is Now Open

London: The GSMA today announced that executives from ARM, Ericsson, Micromax, Qualcomm Incorporated and SAP will be delivering keynote addresses at the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress, taking place 2-5 March 2015 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. The GSMA also announced the addition of several sponsors and companies participating in partner programmes at the annual mobile industry event.

“The breadth of companies represented in the Mobile World Congress keynote programme underscores the transformative impact that mobile is having across a wide range of industry sectors,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We have an outstanding roster of CEOs set to take the stage in Barcelona in March, offering attendees new insights and perspectives into the developments that are shaping mobile today and well into the future.”

New Keynotes Added to Agenda
The GSMA announced that it has confirmed executives of leading companies from across the mobile industry to deliver keynote presentations at Mobile World Congress. New keynote speakers include:

  • Simon Segars, CEO, ARM
  • Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson
  • Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman, Micromax Informatics Limited
  • Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP

These executives join previously announced keynote speakers, including:

  • Gary Kovacs, CEO, AVG Technologies
  • Francisco González, Chairman and CEO, BBVA
  • Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA
  • Raja Teh Maimunah, MD, CEO and COO, Digital and Transactional Banking, Hong Leong Islamic Bank
  • Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating CEO, Huawei
  • Jeanie Han, CEO, LINE Euro-Americas
  • Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation
  • Thiru Arunachalam, Founder and CEO, Peel
  • Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance
  • Alvaro del Castillo, Founder and CEO, TAPTAP Networks
  • Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group and Chairman, GSMA
  • Dr. Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm
  • Charles Scharf, CEO, Visa
  • Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia

For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/learn/conference/conference-overview/.

Partner Programmes at Mobile World Congress

Several additional companies have confirmed their participation across a range of partner programmes at Mobile World Congress. Eyefortravel is back for a second year at Mobile World Congress, hosting a partner event in Hall 2, CC2 Auditorium on Monday, 2 March, focused on the impact of mobile and data analytics on the travel industry. AllSeen Alliance will hold its partner event on Wednesday, 4March, while OPNFV will lead a Power Hour session on Thursday, 5 March; both events will be held in the Theatre District in Hall 8.0 at Fira Gran Via. For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/learn/partner-programmes/.

Mobile World Congress Media Welcome Reception

The GSMA will host the official Mobile World Congress Media Welcome Reception from 17:00 to 19:00 on Sunday, 1 March at Fira Gran Via. This networking cocktail reception will offer accredited press and industry analysts the opportunity to meet with leading players from across the mobile ecosystem and preview the week’s activities in relaxed social environment. The reception will feature a select number of exhibition showcases and demonstrations from companies including Accedian, Mozido and Umeox Perfect Tecnology (Shen Zen) Ltd. For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/interact/press-analyst/.

Nominations for Global Mobile Awards Open Through 12 December

The nomination deadline for the 20th annual Global Mobile Awards, which honour excellence and innovation across the mobile industry, has been extended by one week and will now close on Friday, 12 December 2014. Nominations for two special awards, the ‘Young Mobile Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Connected Women: Leadership in Industry’ awards, will be open until Thursday, 15 January 2015. Global Mobile Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at Mobile World Congress. The Global Mobile Awards are open to companies across the entire mobile ecosystem and may be entered online; the full list of categories and award criteria are available at www.globalmobileawards.com.

Mobile World Congress Registration Now Open
Registration for Mobile World Congress 2015 is now open; attendees wishing to register should visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/attend/register/attendee-reg/. For more information on Mobile World Congress including details on how to exhibit or sponsor, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2015
Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC15, on our LinkedIn company page http://gsma.at/GSMALinkedIn or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gsma.

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona from 2013 to 2018. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit www.mobileworldcapital.com.

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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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