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22 August 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Rene Meza has resigned as CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar after just two years in the post and is leaving telecoms. Ooredoo has appointed COO Vikram Sinha as acting CEO until it finds a permanent replacement.
Meza joined Ooredoo to run its
Myanmar operation in August 2015, when he replaced Ross
Cormack, who won the race to start services after the
government licensed Ooredoo and Telenor in 2014.
Meza has not yet replied to emailed questions from Capacity
about his reasons for leaving Ooredoo and about his next
role. However, in a posting this morning on LinkedIn Meza
said that he is leaving the corporate world. "This marks the
culmination of an amazing journey in telecommunications that I
started when I was 18 years old, which saw me becoming the CEO
of the second largest mobile operator in Tanzania, Africa, at
the age of 28," he wrote.
He added: "As I retire from the corporate world I must give
my big thanks to my mentors Ricardo Maiztegui and Won-Suck Song
who did not only give me the courage and the opportunity to
grow but who also always believed that I could do it." Song, a
former Millicom executive who chairs a number of boards, posted
in reply: "Your journey is remarkable and your focus on people
development ahead of anything else has proven to deliver
Sinha joined Ooredoo in 2014 as CEO of its Maldives
operation, after nine years with Bharti Airtel in India and
Seychelles. He moved to Yangon to be COO of Ooredoo Myanmar in
May this year.
Meza began his career in the industry at
Millicom’s Tigo in Paraguay and has also run its
operations in Pakistan and Tanzania. He has also run Zain
Kenya, Airtel Kenya and Vodacom Tanzania.