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
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
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 suggestions.
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 services subsidiaries.
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
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
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
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
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 competition.
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
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
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
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 School.
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 and telepresence.
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 customer.
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 Belgacom.
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 years.
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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