GSMA elects board for 2013 to 2014 term

The GSMA has elected a new board for the next two years from January 2013 to December 2014.

The organisation’s board consists of 26 members including 25 operator representatives from across the telecoms ecosystem.

Franco Bernabè, chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia Group, will continue as chairman with Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO of Telenor Group, also continuing as deputy chairman. Both have held these positions since January 2011.

Other GSMA board members appointed for the 2013 to 2014 term include:

•  Alejandro Magana Perez, VP of international relations and value-added services of productivity, América Móvil

•  William Hague, EVP of international, AT&T Group

•  Jamaludin Ibrahim, MD, president and group CEO, Axiata Group Berhad

•  Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel

•  Sha Yuejia, executive director and VP, China Mobile

•  Lu Yimin, president and vice chairman, China Unicom

•  Wolfgang Kopf, SVP for public and regulatory affairs, Deutsche Telekom

•  Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, group CEO, Etisalat

•  Jean-Paul Cottet, senior executive vice president, marketing, innovation and new activities, France Telecom-Orange

•  Tadashi Onodera, chairman of the board of directors, KDDI Corporation

•  Suk-Chae Lee, chairman and CEO, KT Corporation

•  Sifiso Dabengwa, group president and CEO, MTN

•  Kaoru Kato, president and CEO, NTT DoCoMo

•  Nasser Marafih, group CEO, Qtel Group

•  Sung Min Ha, president and CEO, SK Telecom

•  Srinath Narasimhan, MD, Tata Teleservices

•  Julio Linares Lopez, vice chairman of board of directors, Telefónica
•  Lars Nyberg, president and CEO, TeliaSonera

•  David Thodey, CEO, Telstra

•  Hakam Kanafani, Group CEO, Turk Telekom

•  Anthony Melone, EVP and CTO, Verizon Communications

•  Jo Lunder, CEO, VimpelCom

•  Nick Read, regional CEO, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Vodafone

“I am gratified and honoured to have been elected by our board as chairman of the GSMA for a second term," said Bernabè.

"We are at an important time in the development of the mobile industry - following years of unprecedented growth, we are now faced with new challenges, as well as further growth potential, as we see nearly everyone and everything in our lives becoming connected by mobile. This has implications not only for individuals and businesses around the world, but also for mobile operators and other players across the ecosystem."

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