Global Telecoms Business has announced the 40
people in telecoms under 40 years old who -
according to our readers - are the most
exciting leaders of the industry over the next few years.
The list of the 40 - all born on or after July 1
1970 - was selected from those nominated by
worldwide readers of Global Telecoms Business.
invite them to take
part in a Global Telecoms Business conference and awards
ceremony in London in September 2010, when they will pick up an
award from a notable industry figure.
Global Telecoms Business will be asking the 40 chosen
individuals their views from time to time through the year on
the main issues concerning the industry, and
To read the introduction by Joe Gallagher, head of
telecommunications at KPMG UK, see
here (PDF, 111k).
Our list of the 40 executives is compiled from submissions made
by readers worldwide since the beginning of 2010.
We asked our readers who they thought are the industry's young
leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
We also contacted those who were in our similar list in 2009 -
some of whom are now too old to qualify - to ask for their
We accepted nominations only of people born on or after July 1
1970. We checked birthdates with nominees and we rejected a few
who were born in the first half of 1970.
After making the first selection from the many nominees, we
asked the shortlist if they would be prepared to take part in a
short survey now, which is published below, and a longer survey
which will be published at our 40 under 40 conference and
awards ceremony in September. We'll be inviting all 40 to the
conference, as well as many other speakers and guests. We'll be
publishing details of the exciting programme shortly.
The list in full, in alphabetical order
As an domain expert in developing strategies and business
plans in the Indian and global telecom sector, Addepalli,
Tata's senior vice president for corporate strategy, is
responsible for formulating and executing all new strategic
initiatives including growth plans, entry into new markets and
mergers and acquisitions. He is also a director on the boards
of Tata Communications' retail broadband and transformation
Since joining the company in 2004, Alston has been the key
architect behind Ixia's wireless and wireline technology
development. An accomplished high-tech executive focused on
operational excellence, he has specifically initiated and
managed development of high-density network testing platforms
that are driving industry quality and performance standards for
carrier networks and associated equipment.
TiasNimbas Business School
Anderson is recognised as one of the world's leading
researchers on the telecommunications industry in developed and
developing markets. He is an award winning author, and his
current research focuses on business strategy in the
telecommunications sector, industry convergence and strategies
to serve low-income consumers in developing markets. His
research has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, the
Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, and he advises many of
the world's leading telecommunications firms. He's also one of
the editorial advisers to Global Telecoms Business.
The UK is speeding up under the leadership of Baldwin. Fibre
is introduced and broadband at 24 megabits a second is
available to 50% of UK homes and businesses. But she is not
content: her goal is for a 75% footprint by early 2012 with
fibre reaching four million end users by the end of that
Baldwin has great vision and is introducing a content
distribution model so end users can enjoy exciting and
innovative content services over broadband, while ISPs and
content providers share just rewards. She has attended Harvard
and London business schools.
Shaun is the driving force behind the success of start-up
Mobile IQ which has carved a niche in the highly competitive
mobile website and mobile apps development market. US and UK
content providers wanting to go mobile with Barriball include
News International, the New York Post, the BBC, Channel 4, The
Guardian, Maxim and Trinity Mirror.
A co-founder of Exponential-e, Bavisi has been instrumental in
transforming corporate networking and business VPNs in the UK.
Ignoring the path trodden by other service providers, he has
personally led a team of more than 40 staff to make layer 2
ethernet VPNs a reality for over 500 business customers,
radically changing the industry forever. A true pioneer in his
field, Bavisi is a hands-on leader and is respected by all
those who know him.
Cameron is CFO of BT Operate, the division of BT that
operates the company's IT and network infrastructure. In the
last two years he has reduced operating costs by 25% through a
transformation programme that improved labour efficiency,
produced savings from vendor contracts and significantly
reduced energy consumption.
He was previously finance director of BT Consumer where he
reversed declining ARPU and profitability. He is also a non
executive director of Tech Mahindra.
Claure founded Brightstar, now a multi-billion dollar
business, only 12 years ago. He has forged deep relationships
with many of the world's leading wireless device manufacturers,
network operators and retailers.
Brightstar is a global leader in value-added distribution and
supply chain solutions for the wireless industry, and as such
has visibility to trends and best in class practices across the
wireless value chain. It now has a local presence in about 50
Adam Davison has over 14 years experience in sales, management
and business development in networking companies, and has
successfully maximised significant sales in EMEA for
international start-ups. As corporate VP of sales and marketing
for Expand Networks, Davison implements sales processes across
the regions, initiating alliances to enhance the company's
global presence. Before Expand, Davison was sales manager for
Ericsson Enterprise where he developed a new channel strategy
for Western Europe that over-achieved targets each year.
Pieter de Villiers
De Villiers established Clickatell as a leading mobile
messaging provider, enabling enterprises and consumers to
benefit via mobile. He led the company through a decade of
growth and innovation by providing high value SMS technology to
financial services providers, governments, social communities
and developers in several markets. He understood the need for a
global web-to-mobile gateway, which today serves 10,000
enterprises and reaches millions of people.
Duhs planned the integration of one of the largest Belarusian
enterprises into a publicly listed Western company. Under his
leadership, Velcom has won back revenue market leadership,
prevailing over the big player in the CIS area. Even in 2009
during major economic downturn - against the trend of a 15%
reduction of GDP growth in Belarus - he managed to lead the
company towards local double-digit increase of all indicators.
Velcom is successfully positioned as future-proof Western
investment in Belarus.
An early pioneer in the VoIP industry paving the way
for IP network migration, Fisher has over 15 years of
experience in the telecommunications industry. As vice
president of marketing for Telcordia's interconnection
solutions group, Fisher helps communication and content
providers deliver new services and applications by leveraging
subscriber and network information. He was president of the
Voice and Video over IP Quality Alliance, addressing voice and
video quality issues in next-generation networks.
As vice president and chief commercial officer of MTS, Gerchuk
holds the responsibility for the development and implementation
of the company's marketing, sales and customer service
strategies, as well as realisation of overall revenue targets.
He was promoted to his current role in December 2008 and has
developed the commercial and marketing initiatives that enabled
MTS to increase market share and maintain growth during the
economic downturn in 2009.
Goldenits successfully restructured the IT at
Mobilkom Austria, then implemented the IT at Vip Mobile in
Serbia and Vip Operator in Macedonia. He was responsible for
the IT strategic orientation of the mobile communications
group, reducing costs by 30% at Mobilkom Austria. As CTO of
Si.mobil, he was responsible for the rollout of the UMTS
network in Slovenia. Now he is in charge of the transition to
an all-IP network at Telekom Austria's fixed network and was
responsible for the launch of the first fibre city project in
Austria in 2009.
Heller, director of strategic alliances, is one of
those people who will rise to the top - bright, articulate,
innovative, visionary and clever. He sits on the telecom-web
boundary and will have a great career in forging the new world
that will emerge from the current players today. He is
impatient and unconventional and will be a mover and
Krugel has been part of a number of the world's most
successful mobile financial service implementations, including
Wizzit, MTNBanking, mTranZact, Simplus, and the GSMA's Mobile
Money Initiatives for almost a decade. He has helped develop,
implement and drive several highly successful payment products.
His knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for mobile money services
are boundless and he is acknowledged as one of the leading
experts and thought leaders in this space.
Kirksey chairs the Broadband Forum's broadband home working
group. She has played a critical role, leading teams of
technical experts from all over the world, in defining several
key specifications relating to the management of devices in the
home that have helped enable the growth of broadband over the
last five years. This work has included the world-adopted
TR-O69 CPE WAN management protocol and many other areas
including internet gateways and femto access.
With Ladki's leadership Mycom delivered major global
innovations such as the first commercial 3G/3G+ service
assurance and the first convergent mobile/IP/fixed solution. An
industry visionary in telecoms and IT, Ladki is shaping
tomorrow's network and service management solutions and
practices in partnership with industry leaders such as Qualcomm
and HP, focusing on areas such as mobile broadband experience,
internet service delivery, self organising networks and
business process automation.
Locoh-Donou became general manager for EMEA in 2004. Since
then, he has grown the business by 30% year-on-year, expanding
it into 13 territories across the region and developing strong
relationships with key decision makers in EMEA. Today,
Locoh-Donou is embarking on another major transformation -
Ciena's integration with the Nortel MEN business in EMEA, which
will double Ciena's EMEA presence.
Littlefair is transforming Vodafone's approach to IT security
across the global organisation. Security is vital to the new
value-added services the industry is relying on to generate
revenue growth. Hosting customer data and downloadable
applications requires robust and responsive security.
Littlefair promotes a business focused and collaborative
attitude to foster global cooperation. He builds on his career
at MCI Worldcom and at BT where he was awarded two patents, to
champion IT security as enabler.
Ljusev joined Vip Operator as CEO and CTO at age of 34. He was
and still is the youngest senior executive officer in Mobilkom
Austria group. Despite difficult market environment and more
than a decade entrance lag, Vip Operator managed to achieve
over 16% market share in only two years under Ljusev's
leadership. The growth strategy based on best value for money
positioning and exclusive world class innovations, forced
mobile incumbents to enter defensive strategies and invigorated
Lukies is CEO and co-founder of Monitise, the world's first
multi network, multi bank, mobile banking and payments service.
Live in the UK and US, with recently formed ventures in Asia,
India and Africa, Monitise has been identified by the World
Economic Forum as a technology pioneer because it enables
societal change on a global scale. Lukies leads a team of
exceptionally talented people who have made Monitise
extraordinarily successful as a company and thought
Ménard is driving HP's core strategy to help service
providers succeed in a market that is undergoing historic
change. As the world's leading IT company, HP also has a vast
telecom-specific portfolio. With this unique combination, HP
provides solutions and services that can enable the unlimited
choice that subscribers now want and expect. Ménard's
global business is helping service providers transform their
infrastructure, innovate with personalised services, and
monetise the value of their network assets.
Miano came to Syniverse from mobile operator Wind
Telecomunicazioni. He put his knowledge to work for Syniverse
in Europe, where he won significant customers and established a
Rome office. Because of his success, he was chosen to lead
Syniverse's Latin America operations in Buenos Aires, where he
opened several offices, built an expert staff and grew revenue
by 34% in just two years. Miano lends his expertise globally to
the company's roaming solutions.
Mills was appointed CEO in 2005 and, aged 32, was one of the
youngest CEOs of a UK-listed company. He developed SpiriTel's
highly successful "acquire, integrate, grow" strategy, and has
led the company through 10 acquisitions in just over three
years. Customer numbers have grown from six to 3,000, staff
numbers from 15 to 130, and SpiriTel is now recognised as a
leader in the provision of converged communications services to
the corporate market.
Newby is a telecom visionary. He envisioned a truly
interconnected world when he developed the first
interconnection facility, Telx. Now he is building America's
next-generation network. His vision is Allied Fiber, created to
address America's need to eliminate obstacles for broadband
access, wireless backhaul and lower latency through new, next
generation long haul dark fibre construction with sound
principles and an open access philosophy.
Superfast Pickering shaped BT's fibre strategy. With rollout
now a reality, 10 million customers are set to benefit by 2012.
In her current role Pickering defines and directs the future of
BT Wholesale's £4.6 billion business, creating new growth
opportunities for it and its 700 customers. She is driving BT
Wholesale into content and interoperability and expanding its
horizons into Europe and cloud services. Pickering was formerly
with Cable & Wireless and attended the London Business
Despite the challenging economy in 2009, Regent has driven
double-digit growth for AT&T's enterprise business.
Regent's relentless focus on speed and innovation has resulted
in a customer focused business in EMEA, spanning more than 30
countries and a workforce 5,000-strong. He has driven a 50%
increase in sales productivity in just two years, a result of
organic growth, expansion to new markets, and successful
introduction of new innovative services such as cloud computing
Before the strategy, before the organisation, before the
technology, Schabel sits with customers, asks questions and
listens. He ignites the customer spirit into a team to innovate
and solve a customer's complex challenge. A true entrepreneur,
he evolves his ideas, trusts his team and believes that great
things can happen when the right team is focused on the
Senior founded Axiom Systems, where he served as CEO and CTO,
in October 2000. After eight successful years of building the
company into a recognized player in the broadband fulfilment
market, Comptel acquired the company in April 2008. Senior has
continued his executive role at Comptel, and has been pivotal
in innovating and leading the development of the company's
end-to-end OSS products for communications service providers -
and helping to shape telecoms industry standards.
Shamolin, president and CEO of MTS, leads the largest mobile
operator in Russia and the CIS and the second largest mobile
operator in Europe. He was appointed to his current role in May
2008 and has since initiated a strategic transformation of the
company. Through a number of initiatives that include an
acquisition of Comstar-UTS, Shamolin is leading MTS towards
becoming a fully integrated telecom provider that offers a
variety communications, entertainment and content
Shuenyane has already developed a formidable reputation. MTN
is very acquisitive, and its rare to find someone under 40 with
such responsibility in a large organisation. Last year
Shuenyane presided over, to name but a few: the proposed merger
with Bharti, which would - had the regulators not blocked it at
the 11th hour - have created the third largest telco worldwide,
and been the largest cross-border deal in 2009; the completed
merger between MTN and Verizon South Africa; and the disposal
of MTN's international carrier services business to
Sorek combines in-depth knowledge and experience in
telecommunication marketing and technologies. In the past 10
years he has demonstrated excellent professional and personal
skills at organisations such as Cisco and Nokia Siemens
Networks. As marketing director at Orckit-Corrigent, Sorek was
able to introduce a new product line to the outbound
environment and is expected to leverage his success in the
Under Sperl's leadership Vip Mobile started within only six
months after its licence award. In only 30 months the operator
reached 1.2 million customers and gained more than 12 % market
share. Despite being the youngest operator in Serbia Vip has
launched the latest and most innovative services. Sperl won an
award from the Serbian government in 2007 for the best
greenfield investment in the country and was elected as one of
the 10 most powerful foreigners in Serbia in 2009.
Voxbone CEO and co-founder Rod Ullens leads a rapid-growing
innovator that is advancing IP communications and global
connectivity. Ullens has spearheaded creation of iNum numbers
and has driven their evolution - with 18 million iNums
assigned; high-definition voice, presence, IM, and SMS support
added; and non-VoIP carrier involvement building. Voxbone's
iNum and DID numbers let operators and enterprises quickly
deploy new services and expand globally with local presence
while reducing costs.
Vakrat has developed Spin3's full-service mobile gambling
offering. The complex solution includes online acquisition and
retention tools, payment processing and back-office systems. In
2008, he developed Spin3's web application platform for the
iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices - the first commercially
available casino games platform for smartphones with advanced
browsers. Vakrat heads research and competitive intelligence
and has increased product revenue threefold in the last two
Vicente was instrumental in CSL's business transformation,
culminating in the development of the company's award-winning
NextG network. He is a key architect of CSL's mobile broadband
business model which ensures that the company is able to
optimally combine growth and profitability objectives. At 36
years of age, and after two years as CSL's CFO, Vicente is well
positioned to help drive CSL's growth in Hong Kong while
maintaining its leadership of the market.
Wang started her career at Huawei as a product engineer in
1998 and by 2007 became deputy managing director of Huawei UK
as a result of her excellent judgment, diligence and dedication
to the company and its customers - rare qualities in such a
young professional. Wang is a successful networker, actively
supporting other female professionals through her enthusiastic
participation in Women in Telecoms and Technology. Her
collegiality and warmth makes her an extremely effective
ambassador for Huawei in the UK.
As director of technology at the GSM Association, Warren is
highly effective at influencing business strategy and service
concepts, as well as retaining authority in setting technical
direction. He has worked in the GSMA on key issues such as
roaming and interconnect as well as voice over LTE, issues that
will shape the way that operators' businesses and networks
operate for years to come. Warren has a clear vision of how the
communications industry needs to evolve to remain profitable as
underlying technology changes."
A VoIP innovator with 15 years international telecoms
experience, Wilkinson has led commercial operations for
XConnect since June 2008 and has been instrumental in
propelling IP interconnection, ENUM and NGN services. He was
pivotal in achieving the industry-first registry tie-up with
GSMA's PathFinder, launching the first Korean ENUM federation
and securing XConnect's series B funding. Previously with
Interoute, Wilkinson led development of Europe's largest NGN
and Europe's first unified communications suite based on
Microsoft's Office Communications Server.
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