Ex-Telstra COO McKenzie becomes CEO of Chorus 19 Dec 2016 Former Telstra COO Kate McKenzie has been named as the new CEO of New Zealand wholesale provider Chorus. C&W names Sinclair to head up Caribbean business 19 Dec 2016 Cable and Wireless Communications has named Garfield Sinclair as president of its Caribbean business, overseeing 15 territories in the region. Eriksson leaves Ericsson for Telstra CTO role 14 Dec 2016 Telstra has named Hakan Eriksson as its new chief technology officer, filling the vacancy created by Vish Nandlall’s acrimonious departure in May. Telefónica names Haas as CEO of German business 12 Dec 2016 Telefónica Deutschland has named COO Markus Haas as its new CEO, replacing Thorsten Dirks, who announced his departure in November. AT&T appoints Arroyo to head international and business operations 09 Dec 2016 Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Mexico, will take over as the group’s head of international and business operations on 1 January following the retirement of Ralph de la Vega. Vodafone appoints Humphries as group enterprise director 07 Dec 2016 Vodafone has named Dell EMC CMO Brian Humphries as its new group enterprise director, replacing Nick Jeffery. Colt names TS Narayanan as CIO 07 Dec 2016 Colt Technology Services has continued to add to its top team by appointing TS Narayanan as its new VP and chief information officer (CIO). Zain Saudi Arabia appoints Peter Kaliaropoulos as CEO 07 Dec 2016 Zain has named telecoms veteran Peter Kaliaropoulos as CEO of its Saudi Arabia unit, replacing Hassan Kabbani, who has stepped down for personal reasons. Telstra names former Juniper chief Denholm as COO 06 Dec 2016 Telstra has named Robyn Denholm as its new chief operations officer, replacing Kate McKenzie who vacated the role in July. Turk Telekom International appoints Toros as CEO 06 Dec 2016 Turk Telekom International has appointed Mehmet C. Toros as its new CEO, replacing Cengiz Oztelcan who has left after four years. Hooq appoints ex-Telstra exec as Singapore manager 05 Dec 2016 Video company Hooq has appointed former Telstra executive Michael D’Oliveiro to run its new TV and movie service in Singapore. Carl Roberts, ex-Verizon, becomes Epsilon’s CCO 01 Dec 2016 Verizon veteran Carl Roberts has joined Epsilon Telecommunications as chief commercial officer. Roberts, who was at Verizon and its predecessors for 15 years until 2015, will be playing a prominent role in what he calls “an ambitious growth plan”. Singtel appoints new CTO, CEO international 24 Nov 2016 Singtel has made two new appointments to its leadership team, adding a new chief technology officer and a new CEO for its international operations. Palacio becomes Telefónica Colombia CEO 24 Nov 2016 Alfonso Gómez Palacio has been named as the new president and CEO of Telefónica’s Colombian unit after Ariel Pontón left the company after 25 years. Crystal Telecom appoints new CEO 24 Nov 2016 Rwanda’s Crystal Telecom, a special purpose vehicle that owns 20% of MTN Rwanda, has named Iza Irame as its new CEO, following the departure of Vincent Gatete. Telefónica to seek new CEO for German business as Dirks leaves 22 Nov 2016 Thorsten Dirks is to leave Telefónica’s German operation, where he is CEO, after only two years in the post. Liberty confirms John Reid as head of C&W 22 Nov 2016 Liberty Global has confirmed that John Reid, interim CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W), will continue in the post. Telekom Austria names new head of wholesale 27 Oct 2016 Telekom Austria Group has announced that Franz Bader has been appointed head of international business/wholesale. Shuter to become MTN CEO three months early 25 Oct 2016 Rob Shuter is set to take the reins at MTN three months earlier than expected, as the South African mobile operator said data traffic has more than doubled year-on-year. Jason Smith joins Inmarsat as COO 25 Oct 2016 Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has appointed Jason Smith as chief operations officer (COO), replacing Ruy Pinto who is leaving to “pursue new interests”. Telenor’s Furberg appointed CEO of Grameenphone 20 Oct 2016 The board of directors at Bangladesh mobile operator Grameenphone, part of the Telenor Group, has appointed Petter-Børre Furberg as interim CEO, effective 1 November 2016. Yahsat appoints new human capital officer 12 Oct 2016 Yahsat has appointed Mona Al Muhairi as chief human capital officer - she has been promoted to the role from within Yahsat. Level 3 announces new CTO and CIO 11 Oct 2016 Level 3 Communications has named Andrew Dugan as chief technology officer (CTO) and Atilla Tinic chief information officer, effective immediately. Telefônica Brasil appoints Navarro as CEO amid Genish resignation 10 Oct 2016 Telefônica Brasil’s Amos Genish has tendered his resignation “due to personal reasons” and is to step down as president and CEO at the end of 2016. Eduardo Navarro de Carvalho is to replace him in the New Year. ECTA appoints former regulator as new executive director 28 Sep 2016 The European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) has appointed a former Belgian regulator as its new executive director. Orange Belgium appoints wholesale and innovation officer 27 Sep 2016 Orange Belgium has appointed Werner De Laet to be chief wholesale and innovation officer from 1 October. De Laet will continue in his existing role as CEO of Orange Luxembourg. Former AT&T CEO Robert Allen dies at 81 14 Sep 2016 Robert Allen, former chairman and CEO of AT&T, has died at the age of 81. Charter boosts government affairs arm 12 Sep 2016 Charter Communications has announced two additions to its government affairs organisation. Telarix appoints Marco Limena as CEO 07 Sep 2016 Marco Limena has been named as Telarix's new chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Glen Kazerman, who steps down after ten years at the helm. Colt appoints three execs to spearhead bandwidth drive 05 Sep 2016 Colt Technology Services has appointed three senior executives to aid its ongoing transformation programme refocused on delivering its fibre-based, high-bandwidth solutions. GBI continues recruitment drive with two VPs of sales 01 Sep 2016 Gulf-based carrier-neutral operator GBI has hired two new vice presidents of sales, one to be based in Dubai and the other in the Netherlands. Vodafone Turkey CEO quits, to be replaced by Vodafone Italy CFO 24 Aug 2016 The CEO of Vodafone Turkey, Gökhan Ögüt, is to leave the company on 19 October, to be replaced by Colman Deegan, the current CFO of Vodafone Italy. Altice USA appoints two new executive leaders 23 Aug 2016 Altice USA has promoted executive vice president Lisa Rosenblum to vice chairman, while appointing former Shearman and Sterling LLP partner David Connolly as her replacement, effective immediately. Rivada hires executive number six from Sprint 18 Aug 2016 US wholesale wireless company Rivada Networks has hired yet another former Sprint executive, this time Stephen Bye, who was CTO at Sprint until a year ago and will now be CTO at Rivada. GBI recruits BICS executive as VP of operations 17 Aug 2016 Gulf-based subsea cable and cloud operator GBI has appointed a former senior BICS executive to head operations. Rivada Mercury appoints ex-Sprint executives to senior positions 16 Aug 2016 US public safety operator Rivada Mercury has appointed four former Sprint executives to leading positions in the company, to join former Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who has been CEO since May. Rivada Networks appoints chief network officer to evolve wholesale 10 Aug 2016 Rivada Networks has appointed Joseph Sanzo as its chief network officer to help drive its vision for a wholesale network that turns mobile spectrum bandwidth into a tradable commodity. Telenor appoints Swisscom mobile head as CEO 10 Aug 2016 Telenor has announced that Alexandra Reich has been appointed CEO of its Hungarian outfit and executive vice president of the Telenor Group, effective November 1, 2016. Sprint appoints ex-Vodafone CEO to lead enterprise business 08 Aug 2016 Sprint has named the former CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise, Jan Geldmacher, as president of its enterprise business, effective August 22, 2016. Vodafone appoints CEO for APMEA region 02 Aug 2016 Vodafone has appointed Vivek Badrinath as chief executive for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa (APMEA) region after he stepped down from Nokia’s board of directors. Dialog Axiata names Supun Weerasinghe in CEO succession plan 13 Jul 2016 Dialog Axiata has announced that Supun Weerasinghe is to succeed Hans Wijayasuriya as group chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2017. Telecom Italia's general counsel to leave in September 11 Jul 2016 Telecom Italia’s general counsel and executive vice president of legal affairs will depart the group in September 2016. DT appoints Bharti Airtel exec as European head 08 Jul 2016 Deutsche Telekom has appointed Bharti Airtel executive Srini Gopalan as its European chief next year India appoints new telecoms minister in shuffle 07 Jul 2016 India has appointed Manoj Sinha as its new telecoms minister as its former custodian Ravi Shankar Prasad takes on a new position as law and justice minister FTTH Council Europe appoints director general 01 Jul 2016 The FTTH Council Europe has appointed Erzsébet Fitori as its director general effective September 2016. Sprint appoints Jim Hyde to leadership team 30 Jun 2016 Sprint has bolstered its leadership team with wireless veteran Jim Hyde taking over the reins as president of prepaid and wholesale services. Tele2 appoints international chief 28 Jun 2016 Tele2 has appointed former Orange and EE executive Guillaume van Gaver to lead its global operations as EVP effective July 5, 2016. SoftBank appoints Ken Miyauchi as COO and president 23 Jun 2016 SoftBank has appointed Ken Miyauchi as chief operating officer and president of its international business following the departure of Nikesh Arora. MTN appoints VP for South and East Africa 22 Jun 2016 MTN has appointed Godfrey Motsa as VP for South and East Africa following a review of its governance and management structures. Altice promotes Michel Combes to CEO 21 Jun 2016 Altice has promoted present COO Michel Combes to the role of CEO in a management shuffle. MTN appoints Rob Shuter as CEO 20 Jun 2016 MTN has appointed Vodafone executive Rob Shuter as its new CEO and group president. SmarTone Telecommunications appoints Anna Yip as chief executive officer 17 Jun 2016 SmarTone Telecommunications appoints Anna Yip as chief executive officer. UPC Poland VPs Golos and Jablonska promoted within CEE Liberty Global 15 Jun 2016 UPC Poland’s vice-presidents Patrycja Golos and Katarzyna Jablonska have been promoted to roles with additional responsibility. NTT Communications appoints executives for East Asia 13 Jun 2016 Hideaki Ozaki has been named president and CEO of NTT Com Asia alongside the executive appointments of Theodoric Chan as CCO and Taylor Man as CTO. GTT appoints Satin to board of directors 08 Jun 2016 GTT has elected Wolters Kluwer’s Elizabeth Satin to the GTT board of directors. Cisco shuffles roles of execs 02 Jun 2016 Cisco Systems has expanded the responsibilities of its security unit chief and changed the roles of three other executives. Telstra sacks chief technology officer Vish Nandlall 27 May 2016 Telstra has sacked its chief technology officer Vish Nandlall after it was alleged that he had falsified his CV and plagiarised presentations. Vodafone commercial and strategy chief resigns 25 May 2016 Vodafone’s group chief commercial operations and strategy officer Paolo Bertoluzzo is departing the group to take on a new position at an Italian financial and payment services company. Tele2 appoints former Vodafone exec 23 May 2016 A leadership team reshuffle at Tele2 will see former Vodafone executive Richard Peers appointed as executive vice president of chief people and change officer, effective July 20, 2016. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise appoints CEO 21 Apr 2016 Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) has appointed Jack Chen as CEO, replacing acting CEO Jeff Ma. MyRepublic appoints ex-Vodafone head as group CFO 12 Apr 2016 Singaporean broadband Internet provider MyRepublic has appointed Lavinia Koh as the company’s chief financial officer. Philippe Vallée to take over as Gemalto's new CEO in September 2016 05 Apr 2016 Gemalto has announced that its CEO Olivier Piou will retire from the company in August 2016, with present COO Philippe Vallée expected to assume his position. GTT appoints VP to boost carrier business 31 Mar 2016 GTT Communications has announced the appointment of Simon Waller as its vice president of carrier business in EMEA and APAC. Telecom Italia names Flavio Cattaneo as new CEO 31 Mar 2016 Telecom Italia has appointed Flavio Cattaneo as its new CEO, replacing Marco Patuano who stepped down earlier this month. tyntec's Trapp steps down as CTO 22 Mar 2016 Thorsten Trapp, CTO of tyntec, has stepped down from his role, Capacity has exclusively learned. Claro Brasil president to head up Colombian operations 21 Mar 2016 Carlos Zenteno, president of Claro Brasil, is to step down from his presidency to lead Claro Colombia’s operations, effective April 4, 2016. BT appoints Simon Lowth as group finance director 18 Mar 2016 BT has appointed Simon Lowth, previous finance director of BG Group, as its group finance director and executive board director. Telstra appointments signal focus on technology 16 Mar 2016 Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and SingTel Optus head Kevin Russell have joined Telstra’s management team. Gulf Bridge International appoints acting CEO 14 Mar 2016 Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has announced the appointment of Amr Eid as acting CEO, effective immediately. Deutsche Telekom appoints T-Systems CFO 07 Mar 2016 Deutsche Telekom has appointed Christoph Ahrendt as CFO of its business customers segment T-Systems, effective March 3, 2016. PTCL announces next president and CEO 03 Mar 2016 Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) has announced that Daniel Ritz will succeed Walid Irshaid as president and CEO of the PTCL group. Telefónica Argentina names replacement president 01 Mar 2016 Telefónica has named Federico Rava as president of its Argentinian unit, replacing Luis Blasco. Cisco’s Overbeek named CEO of location cloud firm 29 Feb 2016 Edzard Overbeek, presently a strategic advisor at Cisco, has been named as chief executive of digital mapping company Here, effective March 1 2016. Level 3 CEO on leave of absence 26 Feb 2016 Level 3 Communications’ chief executive is taking a temporary leave of absence, effective immediately. FiberLight appoints SVP of sales 25 Feb 2016 FiberLight has named Jim Hintze as SVP of sales in charge of its dark fibre, wavelength and metro Ethernet services. CSG names president of global carrier business 23 Feb 2016 CSG International has announced that Phillip Yoo will now serve as the president of CSG’s global carrier business. Zayo appoints CTO and general counsel 23 Feb 2016 Zayo has announced that Dave Jones and Wendy Cassity will take on roles as CTO and general counsel respectively, effective immediately. Orange appoints MD of international carriers 22 Feb 2016 The Orange group has announced the appointment of Pierre-Louis de Guillebon as managing director of International Carriers, effective April 1 2016. Level 3 names North America and APAC president 19 Feb 2016 Level 3 Communications has appointed Laurinda Pang as regional president of North America and Asia Pacific (APAC). Spark Connect names leader as unit splits 19 Feb 2016 Spark New Zealand has appointed Mark Beder to lead Spark Connect on the back of the unit's split. MTN South Africa appoints CIO 18 Feb 2016 The MTN group has appointed Benjamin Marais as its new South African CIO, effective 1 March 2016. Epsilon co-founder joins NFV mobile start-up 17 Feb 2016 Andreas Hipp, co-founder of Epsilon, has joined the leadership team of Cirrus Core Networks, a US-based NFV start-up in the mobile industry. Airtel appoints chairman and COO in new-look African unit 17 Feb 2016 Bharti Airtel has appointed a chairman and COO for its redesigned cluster-based Africa operations. Vodafone Ghana appoints two senior management roles 15 Feb 2016 Vodafone Ghana has announced two senior management appointments in its commercial and money functions of the business. NTT subsidiary appoints new president 11 Feb 2016 NTT Communications' data centre subsidiary RagingWire has named Douglas Adams as its new president effective immediately. Telenor Serbia names CEO 05 Feb 2016 Telenor has appointed Ingeborg Øfsthus as CEO of Serbia and EVP of the Telenor group effective March 2016. Telstra to appoint new wholesale group executive 04 Feb 2016 Telstra is set to appoint Will Irving as group executive of Telstra wholesale. AT&T shuffles executives in shift towards mobile video 03 Feb 2016 AT&T has appointed mobile chief Ralph de la Vega vice chairman and placed him in charge of its business and international units while John Stankey, who led DirecTV, internet and TV units, was named CEO of the entertainment group. Cisco executive steps down 02 Feb 2016 Cisco’s EVP and chief development officer Pankaj Patel is to step down from his position in the second half of 2016. Virgin Mobile appoints Saudi Arabia CEO 01 Feb 2016 Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has appointed Fouad Halawi as chief executive of its operations in Saudi Arabia. BT's wholesale chief resigns 29 Jan 2016 BT’s CEO of wholesale business Nigel Stagg is stepping down after 36 years at the company. GENBAND appoints EVP of global sales and marketing 20 Jan 2016 GENBAND has appointed Patrick Joggerst as EVP of global sales and marketing at the company. Rossabi appointed MD of Telx 20 Jan 2016 Anthony “Tony” Rossabi has been appointed managing director of Telx following Digital Realty’s acquisition of the company last year. Zain Group appoints chief risk officer 19 Jan 2016 Zain Group has appointed AbdulGhaffar Setareh to the newly created role of chief risk officer. BT appoints Watson as CEO of BT TSO and CIO 19 Jan 2016 BT has appointed Howard Watson as CEO of Technology, Service and Operations (BT TSO) and group chief information officer. Axiata appoints three senior executives 15 Jan 2016 Axiata Group has appointed three executives in a bid to strengthen its management team. T-Mobile Poland reveals chairman 14 Jan 2016 T-Mobile Poland has appointed Andreas Bierwirth as chairman of its supervisory board. VimpelCom appoints chief digital officer 14 Jan 2016 VimpelCom has appointed Christopher Schlaeffer as chief digital officer, effective January 17 2016. TeliaSonera nominates board members 13 Jan 2016 TeliaSonera’s nomination committee has proposed the election of Susanna Campbell, Anna Settman and Olaf Swantee as board members. TeliaSonera appoints COO 12 Jan 2016 TeliaSonera has appointed Anders Olsson, present EVP of strategic projects, as COO and head of global services and operations as well as member of the group’s executive management team. NetIX appoints CEO and CFO 11 Jan 2016 NetIX Communications has appointed Ken Lefkowitz and Mariyan Rangelov as respective CEO and CFO of the company. BT appoints Clive Selley as CEO of Openreach 11 Jan 2016 BT Group has appointed Clive Selley, its present chief information officer and CEO of its BT technology, service and operations (TSO) business to lead Openreach. TDC appoints executive to TDC Business arm 07 Jan 2016 Denmark’s TDC has appointed Marina Lønning as senior executive vice president of TDC Business and member of TDC’s executive committee. Truphone appoints new CEO 06 Jan 2016 Global mobile network operator Truphone has appointed Ralph Steffens as CEO. Batelco appoints CEO 04 Jan 2016 Bahrain’s Batelco has appointed Ihab Hinnawi as chief executive at the company. EE's Swantee to depart 04 Jan 2016 Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, will step down shortly after the completion of BT’s acquisition of the company.