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 more than 150 million by mid 2013, excluding VimpelCom Ltd. Telenor Group at present has mobile operations in 13 markets and in additionally 17 markets through the ownership in VimpelCom Ltd (adding another 215 million subscriptions). 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, VimpelCom Ltd 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.
GSMA Director General & Member of the BoardWebsite
Anne Bouverot is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. Anne brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. With a deep understanding of the opportunities and the challenges facing mobile operators today, she leads the GSMA as the essential industry partner for its operator members around the world, enabling their continued success through driving innovation, providing thought leadership and advocating for the industry. Before joining the GSMA, Anne was Executive Vice President for Mobile Services for France Telecom Orange, where she defined the strategic transformation programmes for a business serving more than 120 million customers and revenues of more than 14 billion euros at the time. Prior to France Telecom Orange, Anne led a 600-person business unit of Equant and was responsible for developing IT services for Equant’s multinational business customers. She began her career in telecommunications as project manager for Telmex in Mexico in 1991. Anne holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.S. degree from Telecom Paris. Anne was appointed as a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in 2013. She also serves as a non-executive director of Capgemini, a leading global provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and as a non-executive director of Edenred, the world leader of prepaid corporate services.
CEO of TransferWebsite
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 AT&TWebsite
Bill Hague is currently Executive Vice President International, Alliances and Integrations at AT&T Mobility. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Hague is a recognized telecom executive with over twenty-one years of industry leadership in both domestic and international arenas. Mr. Hague’s experience includes key roles in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international roaming and strategy, legal affairs and international development. He is currently responsible for developing international wireless strategy and partnerships, as well as domestic and international wholesale and retail roaming. He also manages the wholesale platform for machine to machine connections. He leads the company’s wireless operations in the cruise ship business and wireless merger integrations. Mr. Hague previously managed the former AT&T Wireless’ mergers and acquisitions on both the national and international front. 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, he served as a partner at the law firm of Stokes, Eitelbach & Lawrence. Mr. Hague is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Telecom Industry Agenda Council. Mr. Hague is the Chairman of GSMA Ltd. and the GSMA Finance Committee. He has previously served as the Deputy Chairman of the GSMA. He is also president of the African Education Foundation, a private foundation he established in 1989, after serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa.
Deputy Chair, GSMA. Managing Director, President & Group Chief Executive Officer Axiata Group BerhadWebsite
Jamaludin Ibrahim is the Deputy Chair of GSMA. He has worked for about 32 years in the ICT industry – 16 years in IT industry and 16 years in telecommunications industry. He is currently the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad, which he joined in March 2008. He is also a board member of Axiata Group. Prior to that, Jamaludin was with Maxis Communications Berhad, which he joined in 1997 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In 2006, he was redesignated the Group Chief Executive Officer to reflect Maxis’ international footprint. He retired from Maxis in July 2007 and continued to be non-executive Director until February 2008. Before joining Maxis, he spent 16 years in the IT Industry. He was Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Digital Equipment Malaysia (the Malaysian branch of Digital Equipment, then the second largest IT company worldwide) from 1993 to 1997. Jamaludin also spent 12 years in IBM (1981-1993), the first five years as Systems Engineer and then in various positions in Sales, Marketing and Management. Prior to IBM, he was a lecturer in Quantitative Methods at California State University, United States in 1980. Jamaludin graduated from California State University in 1978 with a B.Sc. in Business Administration and minor in Mathematics. He obtained his MBA from Portland State University, Oregon in 1980. Jamaludin is also the Chairman of Celcom Axiata Berhad (Malaysia), and sits on the boards of PT XL Axiata Tbk. (Indonesia), Dialog Axiata PLC (Sri Lanka) and M1 Limited (Singapore). Jamaludin is also board member of the GSMA (the global World GSM Association).
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.
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.
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.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
A visionary veteran of the wireless industry with business administration and technical expertise. Continues playing a key role of operation of KDDI as a member of executive committees after his retirement as President of the Corporation in 2010. Assumed President in 2001 and took bold decisions, e.g. the shutdown of 2G TDMA service and network to pursue the highest business operational efficiency by writing off $963 million worth network asset when it served one million subscribers.
As President, also admitted the importance of fixed local access services and assets for a mobile operator as well as promoted the “Fixed, Mobile and Broadcasting Convergence,” and maintained or even expanded the fixed operations under the pressure of objection by the investors’ sector, which yielded the KDDI’s stronger position in the mobile industry today when the backhaul is a key challenge. Began engaged in the mobile business since late 80s when the company rolled out 1G analogue network. A contributor to the state and the national industry as a member of Information Security Policy Council of the Cabinet and Co-Chairman of Committee on Industrial Technology of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).
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.
Chief Executive Officer OoredooWebsite
Dr. Nasser holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a PhD in Communication, all from George Washington University, USA.
Dr. Nasser started his career at Ooredoo(formerly known as Qtel) in 1992 as Expert Advisor from the University of Qatar and in 1994 he was seconded to the organisation as Strategic Planning and Development Manager. In 1998 he became the Divisional Manager of Strategic Planning and Development and has been involved in a number of strategic initiatives and landmarks in the company’s history. He was instrumental in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in 1994; led the introduction of the Internet to Qatar in 1996; and played a key role in the privatisation of Ooredoo in 1998.
Since becoming CEO in 2002, Dr. Nasser has led the company from strength to strength, successfully guiding Ooredoo through its transformation into a global company. He has spearheaded Ooredoo’s global growth in recent years, including the acquisition of Wataniya Telecom and the expansion into Asia. Under his leadership, Ooredoo now has a presence in 17 countries in the MENA region, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, supporting around 70 million customers.
Dr. Nasser is a member of the Board of Directors for several of Ooredoo’s subsidiaries in a number of countries including Indonesia, Kuwait, Algeria, and the Philippines. He also sits on the Board of the Al Thuraya Satellite Company.
Dr. Nasser also worked at the University of Qatar in the department of Electrical Engineering between 1985 and 1994, first as a lecturer and research assistant, and then as assistant professor of the department.
Senior Executive Vice-President, Chairman & CEO Personal Advisor, OrangeWebsite
Jean-Paul Cottet started his career in France Telecom in 1980 in Network Operations and Marketing/Sales in Marseille, South of France. After a 3 year period as special advisor for Telecom Policy in the French Governement, he was appointed Head of France Telecom Operations for the Paris East Area. From 1992 to 1996, he was in charge of the Sales Division in France, then the Soho and Professional Division. In 1996-1997, he was responsible for France Telecom IPO. From 1998 to 2002 he was appointed Executive Vice-President in charge of Paris.
He joined the Executive Committee in 2002 first as Head of Public Relations, Regulation and Communication, and then in 2003 head of IT and International Division. From 2006 to 2008, he was in charge of Network and Field Operations Division in France. From September 2008 to March 2010, he was in charge of the French Enterprise Market Division. In April 2010, he was appointed to France Telecom Group Executive Committee, as Senior Executive Vice-President for Marketing, Products and Innovation. Jean-Paul Cottet is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications. He is “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite”.
President & CEO SK TelecomWebsite
Mr. Sung Min Ha became President and CEO of SK Telecom on January 1, 2011. Building on SK Telecom’s long history of leadership in the telecom industry, Mr. Ha is focused on realizing the company’s new growth strategy around “Speed, Openness and Collaboration” for the local and international market. He believes SK Telecom must become a more agile and quick to react organization in order to not only strengthen its market leadership in fixed-mobile convergence but also to capture more opportunities in new sectors through open collaboration with partners. Mr. Ha brings to SK Telecom more than 28 years of management experience at SK Group. His career started with SK Networks in 1982. He joined SK Telecom in 1996 and developed his career in the fields of finance and strategy. Leveraging his background, Mr. Ha undertook many milestone projects and greatly contributed to the growth of SK Telecom.
One of his major achievements was the 2002 merger between SK Telecom and Shinsegi Telecom, in which he played a vital role in the successful integration of the two Korean telecom giants. In 2004, he was named Head of the Strategic Planning Group at SK Telecom, managing the company’s successful conversion from 2G to 3G. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Ha was President of the Mobile Network Operation Business Unit (MNO CIC), a major business unit under SK Telecom. He oversaw the full range of telecom business, including wireless business, broadband, as well as fixed-line services. Mr. Ha was a driving force in leading the company to excel in Korea’s highly competitive mobile market, and to position itself as one of the most innovative mobile carriers in the world. Known for his pragmatic and speedy leadership style, Mr. Ha takes a realistic and thorough approach to management issues.
Stressing the importance of open and direct communication between management and employees, he regularly shares his thoughts on management issues as well as his personal life through an in-company social networking service.
Mr. Sung Min Ha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. In 2007, he was granted the Certificate of Commendation by the President of Korea for his dedication to the development of the Korean ICT industry.
Managing Director Tata Teleservices LimitedWebsite
Mr. N. Srinath, born in 1962, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT (Chennai) and a Management Degree from IIM (Kolkata), specialising in Marketing and Systems. Since joining the Tata Administrative Services in 1986, Mr. Srinath has held positions in Project Management, Sales & Marketing, and Management in different Tata companies in the ICT sector over the last 24 years. On completing his probation with the TAS in 1987, Mr. Srinath joined Tata Honeywell, a start-up in the business of process control systems, as Project Executive working till late 1988 on securing various statutory approvals and funding necessary for the project.
He then moved to Tata Industries as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, an assignment he handled till March 1992. In that period, he was also part of the team that set up Tata Information Systems (later Tata IBM). From June 1992 to February 1998 he handled a number of assignments in Tata Information Systems Limited in Sales & Marketing to enterprise customers in the banking, retail, petroleum and process manufacturing sectors. In March 1998, Mr. Srinath returned to Tata Industries as General Manager (Projects) responsible for overseeing the project implementation of Tata Teleservices fixed line telecom service in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In April 1999, he took over as the Chief Operating Officer of Tata Teleservices responsible for Sales, Networks and Information Technology. From late 2000 till February 2002, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Internet Services, a start-up Internet services business serving retail and enterprise customers. Mr. Srinath joined Tata Communications (then known as VSNL) in 2002 as Director (Operations) when the Tata Group was selected as the strategic partner at the company. Since February 2007 Mr. Srinath has been the Managing Director of Tata Communications Limited & CEO of the Tata Communications global group of companies. Under his leadership, Tata Communications has transformed from a monopoly, public sector undertaking into a global communications services provider offering advanced network, managed and cloud services to customers worldwide.
Mr. Srinath has received several recognitions in the telecom industry. He was named the ‘Telecom CEO of the Year’ in Asia by the leading publishing group Telecom Asia in the 2006 edition of their awards. The Institute of Economic Studies (IES), a research oriented organisation, conferred its Udyog Rattan Award on Mr. Srinath in November 2006. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Srinath was named as the world’s eighth most influential telecom personality by the Global Telecoms Business magazine as well as the ‘Telecom Person of the Year’ by the India-based Voice and Data magazine in 2008.
Since February 1, 2011 he has been appointed as the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited one of India’s leading mobile service providers.
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, 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.
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.
Member of Board of Directors, Turk TelekomWebsite
Hakam Kanafani is a member of Turk Telekom’s Board of Directors and Chief Advisor to the Chairman. He serves on the boards of Türk Telekom Group’s broadband communications unit “TTNET” and mobile communications unit “AVEA”; and also as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Türk Telekom Group subsidiaries: Pantel International Group, Argela, AssisTT, Innova and Sebit. Before that he was the Chief Business Development and Synergy Officer for Oger Telecom.
Previously he was the CEO of JAWWAL, Palestine’s first private cellular network. Kanafani started his career at NASA, Goddard Space flight center. Kanafani is a University Trustee Scholar and holds Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the USA. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a founding member of Young Global Leaders and Young Arab Leader. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for SAMENA, ETNO and GSMA. Kanafani is in GTB’s Power100 list for Telco executives worldwide and named Best CEO for Investor Relations in the Turkish stock exchange market in 2012.
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Verizon CommunicationsWebsite
Anthony Melone is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Verizon Communications, with responsibility for Verizon’s technology roadmap, including overall platforms integrity and architecture. He is also responsible for the company’s overall network engineering and operations.
Before being named to his current position in December 2010, Melone was senior vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless. In that job, to which he was appointed in 2007, he led the transition of the Verizon Wireless network from 3G (third-generation) services to the commercial launch, at the end of 2010, of 4G LTE (fourth-generation, Long Term Evolution) services.
Previously, he served as vice president of network operations for Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for the company’s nationwide network operations, including overall quality assurance, implementation of new products and services, and regulatory compliance. Also during his tenure, Verizon Wireless launched the nation’s first wireless broadband wide-area network and implemented key innovative services including mobile broadband, V CAST Music over-the-air music download service, IP-based Push-to-Talk, and VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn navigation on cell phones. Melone has 32 years of telecommunications experience, including operations and engineering positions of increasing responsibility with the former Bell Atlantic company.
He joined Bell Atlantic Mobile’s network operations group in 1996, and at Verizon Wireless’ formation in 2000 was named staff vice president of network planning and administration. Melone holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, he received the prestigious Villanova University J. Stanley Morehouse Award for outstanding leadership in the engineering profession.
Jo O. Lunder was appointed by the Company’s Supervisory Board as the new CEO of VimpelCom effective July 1, 2011.
Previously, Mr. Lunder served as a member of VimpelCom board of directors from May 2002 until May 2011, and was the Chairman of the Board from April 2010 until the time of his appointment as CEO. From October 2003 until June 2005, Mr. Lunder served as the Chairman of the Board of OJSC VimpelCom. Prior to serving as Chairman of the Board of OJSC VimpelCom, Mr. Lunder served as OJSC VimpelCom’s CEO as well as its general director.
During this period, he led VimpelCom on a path of sustained growth and expansion, attracted significant investment from Alfa Group and Telenor, and eventually transformed VimpelCom into the second largest wireless telecommunications company in Central and Eastern Europe. Since September 1999, Mr. Lunder has also held numerous other positions at OJSC VimpelCom including president and chief operating officer, first deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer. From February 2005 to September 2007, Mr. Lunder served as chief executive officer of Atea ASA, one of Europe’s largest IT infrastructure companies, achieving a complete turnaround in less than two years through a bold combination of financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. Since September 2007, Mr. Lunder has served as the executive vice president of FERD, one of Norway’s largest privately-owned financial and industrial groups.
In addition, Mr. Lunder serves as executive chairman of the board of the Aibel Group Ltd., the leading Nordic oil and gas services company that is currently entering the renewable energy market. He is chairman of the board of Elopak AS, the world’s third largest liquid carton packaging company, and chairman of the board of Swix Sport AS, a global supplier of winter clothing and skiing equipment. He also serves on the board of directors of Pronova Biopharma, a global leader in the research, development and manufacture of marine-originated omega-3 derived pharmaceutical products. From 1993 until August 1999, Mr. Lunder was employed in various capacities for Telenor and its affiliates, including chief operating officer of Telenor Mobile. He was instrumental in building the company’s strong Norwegian mobile operation and in the international expansion strategy of Telenor’s mobile business.
Mr. Lunder earned a B.A. degree from Oslo Business School and MBA degree from Henley Management College in the UK. Mr. Lunder is a Norwegian citizen.
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.