01 February 2016
Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has appointed Fouad Halawi as chief executive of its operations in Saudi Arabia.
his position as group managing director at Lycamobile Australia
for the new role, and brings with him 15 years’
executive management experience in the telecoms industry across
Europe, Australia and the US.
Mobile is a fantastic brand and I was delighted to be chosen to
head up the business in Saudi Arabia," Halawi said. "It is a
dynamic telecoms market with excellent potential for
recently announced that it serves more than one million
subscribers in Saudi Arabia and last year VMMEA revealed
ambitious plans to further strengthen its position in the
region by launching in more countries.
It plans to
serve more than 10 million subscribers over the next five years
and has forecast Saudi Arabia as its largest market.
"I am looking
forward to working with the team to execute our growth plan for
year two," Halawi said. "Our mandate is to make mobile better
for our members across the kingdom."
replaces former CEO Karim Benkirane.
Virgin Mobile launched MVNO services in Saudi Arabia in
September 2014 and later in December 2015,
Lebara followed suit.