Sunday, October 30, 2016

GSMA Elects New Board Members and Elects Sunil Bharti Mittal as Chair

GSMA Names 26-Member Board to Serve from January 2017 through December 2018; Mittal Leads GSMA Board Delegation in Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi

NEW DELHI - Thursday, October 27th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The GSMA today announced that it has elected new members of the GSMA Board for the two-year period from January 2017 through December 2018. The GSMA Board has also elected Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises as Chair, and re-elected Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group as Deputy Chair. As GSMA Chair, Mittal will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

 “I am delighted to be elected as Chairman of the GSMA, and look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers,” said Mittal. “In a relatively brief period of time, mobile has had a transformational impact on individuals, businesses, industries and societies, contributing significantly to local economies and improving the lives of billions around the world.”

Mittal continued: “I am excited about what the next chapter holds for us, as we work to connect everyone and everything to a better future. In my new global role, I am also excited to support the ongoing mobile broadband revolution in India to boost the Government’s Digital India Program and its vision of broadband access for all.”

The first Indian to be elected as Chair of the GSMA, Mittal took over as Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) early this year. He also serves on the boards and councils of several reputed international bodies and think-tanks like the World Economic Forum (WEF), Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Broadband Commission, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council - Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS, International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Prime Minister of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. He is also a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment.

Bharti Airtel was the host of the inaugural GSMA Mobile 360 – India event in New Delhi this week, as well as a meeting of the GSMA Board. A highlight of the week, GSMA Chair-elect Mittal led the GSMA Board delegation at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon. In a broad-ranging discussion, the meeting highlighted the pivotal role of mobile in delivering the government's Digital India vision of broadband as a utility for every citizen, bringing digital and financial inclusion to every corner of the country.

GSMA Board Members for the 2017-2018 Term

The GSMA Board has 26 members, including 25 operator representatives from the world’s largest operator groups as well as smaller, independent operators with global representation. The GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd also serves on the GSMA Board. The GSMA Board for the 2017-2018 term comprises:

    Juan Carlos Archila, Executive Vice President, International Relationships, América Móvil
    Bill Hague, Executive Vice President-Global Connection Management, AT&T Mobility
    Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
    Sha Yuejia, Executive Director and Vice President, China Mobile
    Sun Kangmin, Executive Director and Executive Vice President, China Telecom
    Lu Yimin, President and Vice Chairman, China Unicom
    Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
    Hatem Dowidar, CEO International, Etisalat
    Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
    Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison
    Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI
    Eelco Blok, CEO, KPN
    Chang-Gyu Hwang, Chairman and CEO, KT Corporation
    Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom
    Phuthuma Nhleko, Chairman and Acting CEO, MTN Group
    Andrei Dubovskov, President, MTS
    Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO
    Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group
    Dong-Hyun Jang, President and CEO, SK Telecom
    Julio Linares López, Vice President of the Board, Telefoìnica
    Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
    Johan Dennelind, President and CEO, Telia Company
    Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO, Turkcell
    Roy Chestnutt, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
    Serpil Timuray, Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, Vodafone
    Scott Gegenheimer, CEO, Zain Group

GSMA Chair Jon Fredrik Baksaas will step down from the Board at the end of 2016, after holding this position for the past three years. Baksaas was elected as a member of the GSMA Board in 2008.

“With nearly 4.8 billion individuals around the world subscribing to mobile services, it is the most pervasive and fast-growing platform of users ever built. It is now accessible to billions in both developing and developed markets, providing life-enhancing services and enabling new socio-economic opportunities for all,” commented Baksaas. “The mobile industry is at the very heart of the world’s digital transformation, driving efforts to make the world a better place, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It has been a true privilege to serve on the GSMA Board for eight years, the last three as Chair. I wish the new Board and Chair, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, the very best of luck as the GSMA focuses on extending global platform capabilities, such as GSMA Mobile Connect, to billions of users around the globe.”

About the GSMA                    

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 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, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

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