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Rob Conway quits as CEO of GSM Association
07 June 2011
Mobile industry’s board meeting concludes with departure of CEO Rob Conway after 12 years
Rob Conway, who has led the mobile industrys GSM
Association for 12 years, is to step down from September 1. The
announcement came from the GSMAs board meeting in Venice,
hosted by new chairman Franco Bernabè, who is executive
chairman of Telecom Italia.
No successor has been appointed. The board said that it would
commence a search process to identify a new CEO.
Conways departure comes after a period when there were
rumours about tensions at the top of the GSMA, particularly
since the arrival of Bernabè as chairman of the board in
early 2011. Bernabè did not refer to those tensions in
his statement: Rob has led the GSMA during a period of
tremendous growth as we have moved from 500 million mobile
connections to nearly six billion connections today, and has
nurtured the Mobile World Congress into an extraordinary yearly
event where the mobile industry convenes to do business.
Conways departure comes just before the GSMA is expected
to announce its choice of host city for its 60,000-strong
annual Mobile World Congress. Barcelona, home of MWC for the
past six years, is competing with Paris, Munich and Milan.
Conway commented in the official GSMA statement: I am
very proud of the many industry-leading initiatives and
contributions that the GSMA has made during my leadership,
including the growth of the premier industry event in the
Mobile World Congress, through to initiatives such as the
Development Fund which has driven innovative approaches to
connecting people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.