Comcast names Watson as CEO of its cable division 21 Mar 2017 Comcast Cable has promoted COO Dave Watson to the role of CEO, replacing Neil Smit, who becomes vice chairman of the Comcast group. Zain Group’s board appoint chairman and CEO 13 Mar 2017 Zain Group’s newly elected board has appointed Mohannad Al-Kharafi as chairman and Bader Al-Kharafi as vice-chairman and CEO of Zain Group. Kai Thiel joins Telio Group as COO 08 Mar 2017 Telio has recently hired Kai Thiel as chief operating officer and managing director for the group holding company. GBI appoints Mohamed Saro as CCO 07 Mar 2017 Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, has strengthened its leadership team by announcing the appointment of Mohamed Saro as chief commercial officer. BT appoints Patel as head of continental Europe arm 23 Feb 2017 BT has named Chet Patel as the new head of its operations in continental Europe, overseeing its base across key European hubs. AMS-IX appoints Jesse Robbers as CCO 21 Feb 2017 Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has announced the appointment of Jesse Robbers as chief commercial officer (CCO). Millicom announces new head for Tigo African business 14 Feb 2017 Millicom has promoted Mohamed Dabbour to be CEO of its African operations, replacing Cynthia Gordon, who has left the company. Digicel exec re-elected as CANTO chairman 07 Feb 2017 Julian Wilkins, government relations and public affairs director at Digicel Group, has been re-elected as chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications (CANTO). Singtel’s Hooq appoints ex-BBC executive as CTO 03 Feb 2017 Singtel’s movie and video streaming service Hooq has appointed Michael Fleshman, a former BBC and Financial Times executive, as its CTO. BT’s new Openreach board plans 'to rebuild trust and credibility' 01 Feb 2017 The UK’s last-mile wholesale operator Openreach has had its first board meeting since its owner, BT, agreed to set one up in a concession to the regulator, Ofcom. Ooredoo appoints insider as CEO for Oman operation 30 Jan 2017 Ian Dench, who was group chief commercial officer at Ooredoo, has become CEO of the company’s Oman operation. Zayo's David Howson appointed CEO of Six Degrees 25 Jan 2017 Hosting and managed services provider Six Degrees Group (6DG) has today announced it has appointed David Howson as CEO as Alastair Mills becomes chairman of the Board. Sprint names Néstor Cano in new COO role 25 Jan 2017 Sprint has appointed Néstor Cano to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, reporting directly to CEO Marcelo Claure. Trump names Ajit Pai as FCC chairman 24 Jan 2017 President Donald Trump has named Republican Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), after previous chair Tom Wheeler stepped down. DE-CIX appoints Stephan Rohloff as new CMO 12 Jan 2017 DE-CIX, named best internet exchange at the 2016 Global Carrier Awards, has announced Stephan Rohloff has been appointed into the newly created position of chief marketing officer (CMO). Telenor reshuffles organisational structure 12 Jan 2017 Telenor Group has reshuffled its organisational structure and executive management team to deliver its digital strategy and transition into a more integrated global company. MEF appoints SDN pioneer Dan Pitt as SVP 11 Jan 2017 Dan Pitt, an early champion of software-defined networking (SDN), has joined the MEF’s leadership team as senior vice president. Equinix appoints Robert Busz as Poland MD 10 Jan 2017 Equinix has marked the end of its first year operating in Poland by appointing Robert Busz as managing director in the country. Mobily appoints new CEO after end of Etisalat management deal 10 Jan 2017 Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has appointed a new CEO, just two weeks after the company ended its management contract with 27.4% shareholder Etisalat. GBI board officially appoints CEO 09 Jan 2017 The board of directors of Gulf Bridge International (GBI) have named Amr Eid as its chief executive officer (CEO). Former Telenor executive Rajeev Sethi to be CCO of Airtel Africa 06 Jan 2017 Bharti Airtel has appointed former Telenor executive Rajeev Sethi as its chief commercial officer for its African operations, replacing Raghunath Mandava, who became CEO of Airtel Africa on 1 January. Dealmaker Genish joins Vivendi as head of convergence 05 Jan 2017 French media group Vivendi – a major shareholder in Telecom Italia – has appointed the former CEO of Telefónica Brazil to a senior position. Trump adds two more advisers to FCC transition team 05 Jan 2017 Donald Trump has named two more advisers to his landing team for the Federal Communications Commission as he prepares to take the US Presidency later this month. Former Airtel exec takes over as Deutsche Telekom Europe head 03 Jan 2017 Deutsche Telekom has restructured its top management by giving former Bharti Airtel executive Srini Gopalan responsibility for 11 European countries outside Germany.