Orange chief Stéphane Richard named as new GSMA chair

12 November 2018 | James Pearce

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Orange Group chairman and CEO St├ęphane Richard has been named as the next chair of the GSMA, from January 2019 until December 2020.

His appointment came as the GSMA, which represents more than 750 of the world’s mobile operators, unveiled its new 26-member board. This included the naming of Singtel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong as deputy chair.

In his role of chair, and supported by his deputy, Richard will be tasked with overseeing the strategic direction of the GSMA, which also represents over 350 companies operating in the broader mobile ecosystem.

 “I am honoured to be elected to serve as Chair of the GSMA and look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers,” said Richard.

“Mobile operators and our wider industry have a key role to play in promoting a safer and more inclusive digital world, while building the infrastructure and services that will carry us forward as we enter this new era of intelligent connectivity.”

Richard, who has led Orange for over seven years, replaces Bharti Airtel founder and chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal as GSMA chair. He will step down at the end of 2018, having served as chair since 2016.

“The mobile world has changed tremendously since I first served on the GSMA Board, but the industry remains as dynamic and exciting as ever,” commented Mittal. “While our industry continues to achieve new milestones, there is still much to be done to connect the unconnected and foster the digital economy.

“Under Stéphane’s leadership, I am confident that the GSMA will continue to strongly advocate for its members, drive the adoption of new technologies and deliver initiatives to protect our planet and its citizens.”