Global Telecoms Business has announced the 2012 Global Telecoms Business Power 100.
For numbers 1-25 click here.
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Numbers 76-100 are below.
Each listing includes a recent interview in Global Telecoms Business with the executive concerned or, where there is no interview, an article about the executive or the company.
Wim Timmermans was appointed COO of Indonesia’s XL Axiata in September 2011 after serving as finance director since December 2006. He has over 22 years experience in telecommunication industry. He was vice president of business control and investor relations at Telkomsel until November 2006. Since he joined XL Axiata, he has directly contributed to make the company more efficient and productive by pushing for and implementing new sustainable ways of conducting business in order to grow the company while controlling the cost in a price war. He was also the instigator of better managing product development and product lifecycle to bring to the customers what they need instead of just reacting to the competition thus enhancing customer satisfaction and experience.
Etisalat selling 8.4% stake in XL Axiata 13 Sep 2012
Martin Creaner is president and CEO of the TM Forum, the leading global, non-profit industry association focused on enabling service provider agility and innovation. Creaner ensures that it serves as a unifying force for the wider communications industry. His innovative leadership enables more than 900 member companies to solve critical business issues through access to a wealth of knowledge, intellectual capital and standards. Under Creaner’s direction, the Forum continued throughout 2012 to guide its members through the challenges of managing the increasingly complex technical and competitive environment that makes up the modern communications industry. He is also a recognized thought-leader on the trends of the emerging digital economy.
TM Forum to announce Nice return 23 May 2012
Neil Montefiore, CEO of Singapore’s StarHub, is a telecoms veteran with decades of experience and a well-recognised figure in the industry. Montefiore believes in empowering his staff, guiding them whenever and wherever necessary. He plays a key role in the continued success of StarHub. For example, StarHub’s shares were Singapore’s second best performing stock in 2011, and its pay-TV business beat the odds to maintain resilience despite a rival acquiring the Barclays Premier League content rights in 2010.
Interview: Neil Montefiore, Starhub 19 May 2010
As CEO, Chris Wood’s vision for improving affordability, reliability, reach and diversity of Africa’s international links has seen WIOCC extend high-quality connectivity into many land-locked countries including Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He drove WIOCC’s strategic investments in the new WACS and EIG submarine cables, creating the first high-capacity, low-latency connectivity ring linking Africa’s coasts to Europe. Wood spearheaded WIOCC’s evolution into the leading player in Africa’s wholesale capacity market and the number one supplier of end-to-end managed circuits into and out of Africa. As chairman of EASSy, he led the submarine system’s recent 160 gigabit upgrade and is exploring further capacity increases.
Leadership in connecting Africa to the world 20 Aug 2009
Since being appointed as president of Tektronix Communications in April 2011, Lyn Cantor has been instrumental in helping carriers leverage their high-value network data to generate new revenue. He advocates the collection, and analysis, of network traffic to gain a deeper understanding of how subscribers interact with fixed, mobile and converged networks. Cantor has redesigned his company from the top down so that it is now focused on the legacy and all-IP requirements of the telecoms industry; so that operators can optimise the performance of their networks, monetise data and broadband traffic, and deliver the connected experience to the end-user.
Follow the money: LTE provides opportunities for operators to ... 16 Apr 2012
Osman Sultan, in his capacity as CEO of du, broke the telecoms monopoly in the UAE and within less than five years captured a 40% share of the national mobile market, an accomplishment that echoed his previous success with MobiNil in Egypt. He has nurtured a generation of telecom leaders and promoted digital innovation through the launch of anayou, a powerful digital platform to cater to the Arab world. It is his belief that “Broadband will soon be one of the basic human rights, considering the growing importance of it in today’s world.”
Interview: Osman Sultan of Du 20 Sep 2009
Lars Nyberg has been president and CEO of TeliaSonera, the Swedish/Finnish operator which owns mobile companies worldwide, since 2007. Before TeliaSonera he spent eight years in the US at NCR, first as president and then as CEO, returning it to profitability, before moving back to Sweden in 2003. His many years abroad have influenced his leadership style and he became known as being a hard but at the same time effective leader. TeliaSonera has undergone a number of tough reforms, but these have been reforms that have enabled the company to retain its position as one of the Nordic countries’ most dynamic telecom groups.
TeliaSonera may sell stake in Yoigo 13 Jul 2012
Nabeel Bin Salamah
Nabeel Bin Salamah has been CEO of the Zain group since early 2010. The company is smaller than it was during the height of Saad Al Barrak’s period of running the company — before it sold its sub-Saharan operations to Bharti Airtel — and Bin Salamah does not have the high profile that Al Barrak enjoyed. He was appointed perhaps as a safe pair of hands after a failed attempt to sell Zain: he was Kuwait’s minister of communication, electricity and water before his appointment, following many years in the public sector. Bin Salamah served as general manager of a mobile operator in 1997. He graduated in electronic engineering from the University of Dayton, Ohio, in the US.
Vodafone in pact talks with Zain 28 Aug 2012
Anne Bouverot has been director general of the GSM Association since 2011, when she replaced Rob Conway — who had been CEO for 12 years. Her appointment marked something of a scaling back of the GSMA’s former high profile under Conway’s leadership. But the organisation is still one of the most powerful in the industry — not only for its role in running Mobile World Congress, which next year moves to a new venue in Barcelona, but also because it looks after a number of other key roles as a successful trade association. A mathematician and computer scientist, Bouverot joined the GSMA from France Telecom-Orange, where she was executive vice president for mobile services.
New director general Anne Bouverot sets GSMA's priorities for ... 15 Feb 2012
Xavier Niel has put the French mobile industry in turmoil since Iliad, which has run a fixed broadband service under the name Free for years, launched its low-priced offering after it won a licence as the country’s fourth operator. Niel founded and is the 64% shareholder in Iliad and is deputy chairman and chief strategy officer — as well as co-owner of the newspaper Le Monde. Free Mobile has launched an unlimited mobile phone package for €19.99 a month with calls to 40 countries — and the sum is reduced to €15.99 for those who already use the company’s Freebox fixed-line triple-play — phone, internet and TV — service.
EIB grants €200m loan to Iliad 29 Aug 2012
Saad Al Barrak
Saad Al Barrak has been a pioneer of the Arab renaissance as the most prolific catalyst of private enterprise in the Arab world over the past 15 years. His successes as CEO of Zain group between 2002 and 2010 are well documented. He has been acknowledged as the founding father of the Arab telecom industry, a recognition well earned — as it was vision of international growth that ignited many other regional telecom entities to follow suit. At the end of 2010, having left Zain,, Al Barrak founded ILA, an advisory firm capitalising on the emerging opportunities arising from the convergence between IT and telecoms.
Former Zain chief Saad al Barrak looks for mobile investments ... 22 Jun 2012
Napoleon Nazareno has been a director of PLDT since November 1998 and was appointed as president and CEO in February 2004. He is also president and CEO of Smart Communications, its mobile arm. At home the company has been investing heavily in LTE infrastructure and abroad it is developing MVNO services for Filipino émigrés. The operator already runs six MVNOs with 230,000 customers, via Telstra’s CSL in Hong Kong, M1 in Singapore, Far EasTone in Taiwan, NTT DoCoMo in Guam, Celcom Axiata in Malaysia and CTM in Macau, and now has plans to launch MVNOs in the US, Japan, the Middle East and Europe.
PLDT to offer MVNOs to Filipino emigrés 07 Sep 2012
Mike Millegan is president of Verizon Global Wholesale. He is leading Verizon’s global wholesale team to redefine the value proposition of the telecom wholesale business by leveraging Verizon’s global networks, cloud and security expertise to deliver business-transforming solutions that help provider customers — and their end users — succeed. Millegan and his team often work collaboratively with partners and competing providers, because he believes that expanding collaboration circles strengthens competition and unlocks value for customers.
Interview: Michael Millegan of Verizon 21 Feb 2011
2020 Venture Partners
Hossein Eslambolchi has focused his attention on some of the most important aspects of the industry in the years since he left AT&T, where he was CTO and CIO. He started in video enablement applications as a method of new revenue generation to increase revenue, as he had the vision to know that voice will not generate the kind of revenue in the future and video will become the new voice.
The third wave of transformation 14 Oct 2009
Mikhail Shamolin is chief executive, executive board director and chairman of the management board of Sistema, the large Russian industrial group that is a major shareholder in MTS. He was appointed president of the company in March 2011 and previously served as president and CEO of MTS from May 2008 until March 2011. Previously, he was vice president and head of the MTS Russia business. Before telecoms he worked at McKinsey and Interpipe. Sistema holds a wide range of core and developing investments including MTS in Russia and the CIS, with around 103 million mobile subscribers, offering mobile and fixed-line, broadband, and pay-TV, as well as content and entertainment services, in one of the world’s fastest growing regions.
Interview: Mikhail Shamolin of MTS 20 Sep 2009
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon as an internet bookseller in 1994 but in recent years it has become a major content provider — and a company that owns the means of delivery, with its expanding range of Kindle tablets. The company turned over $48 billion in 2011. Sales of e-books for the Kindle are now outstripping sales of traditional books in many markets, and the company is also active in distributing movies and TV programmes, especially since the launch of the Kindle Fire in 2011. On the corporate side, Amazon has become a significant player in cloud services, launching Amazon Web Services in 2002.
Amazon unveils Android application store 23 Mar 2011
Matthew Key heads Telefónica Digital, a new global unit to boost the Telefónica’s leadership in the digital world. The executive who brought the iPhone to Europe is now delivering new digital services, such as TV/video, mobile advertising, financial services, e-health, music, games and other OTT applications, plus enablers like the cloud, M2M and BlueVia. The digital division includes Terra, Jajah and Tuenti and has five main centres — London, Silicon Valley, Sao Paolo, Tel Aviv and Madrid.
Interview: Matthew Key of Telefónica O2 14 Jul 2009
Matt Carter is responsible for a $1.5 billion business unit that, as of the end of June 2012, accounts for over eight million Sprint subscribers. In 2011, Sprint Global Wholesale and Emerging Solutions added 17 new wireless MVNO customers, resulting in 2.6 million new subscribers — a 170% year-on-year increase. Since Carter took over in late 2010 with a renewed focus of delivering innovative solutions internationally such as machine-to-machine and launching new business models through new ventures, Sprint has earned eleven domestic and international awards from research firm Atlantic-ACM in the areas of network, provisioning, customer service, sales representatives and more.
Sprint exploits first-mover advantage in 4G wholesale 12 Oct 2011
Ahmed Mekky is a true entrepreneur, who visualised and implemented a new regional network across the Gulf and beyond, with the launch of the GBI cable system in February 2012. As board member and CEO of GBI he is changing the face of communications in the region. Mekky has established the region’s only carrier neutral network, which is the first to connect a subsea cable to Iraq and the first to deploy 100G technology in the region. With bold and ambitious plans for the future, Mekky will deliver on his vision to connect the world to the Gulf.
Gulf Bridge completes work on cable 20 Dec 2011
Alon Aginsky is the CEO of cVidya Networks, which he founded in 2001. A key figure in the industry, Aginsky has promoted the importance of revenue assurance and fraud management to businesses. Devoted to developing innovative solutions, educating the market and promoting standards via the TM Forum, Aginsky has made a significant contribution to making revenue assurance a mandatory component in every telecom operator. After launching numerous products and coining the term revenue intelligence, serial entrepreneur Aginsky orchestrated the acquisition of ECtel.
New generation assurance: revenue assurance roundtable 01 Dec 2007
Zimbabwean-born lawyer Nic Rudnick, founder and CEO of Liquid Telecom, has changed the face of telecommunications in southern and central Africa. He has been a key player in challenging state monopolies across Africa and promoting access to telecoms as a human right. Liquid Telecom has constructed the largest regional fibre optic network providing services within and between Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This high-speed fibre optic network has revolutionised telecommunications in these countries connecting them to the various sea cables and providing inter-regional and local connectivity for the first time. To make this a reality Rudnick has worked tirelessly for 17 years to navigate the multitude of legal, political and logistical barriers. Liquid will be expanding to more countries in the future.
Liquid Telecom challenges monopolies with 13,500km Africa ... 05 Dec 2011
Paul O’Sullivan was CEO of Singapore Telecom’s Optus subsidiary in Australia but in April 2012 he was promoted to run all of the SingTel group’s consumer activities, including in Singapore, while also being country chief officer for Australia. He was CEO of Optus from 2004 until March 2012. Irish-born O’Sullivan was educated in Dublin and has worked for the Colonial group and the Royal Dutch Shell group in Canada, the Middle East, Australia and the UK. In Optus he was COO and managing director of Optus Mobile before taking on the senior position. He is also on the board of Telkomsel, Indonesia.
SingTel's Optus launches 4G services 05 Sep 2012
Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, has been with the company since its establishment in 1997, and it has become one of the leading vendors of both Windows and Android phones and smartphones. During his tenure, HTC became one of the first companies to offer sophisticated product development services and has since grown to become one of the world’s largest designers and providers of phones — initially under its clients’ brands but more recently under HTC’s increasingly respected own name. And now the company is starting to move into cloud services
HTC sues Apple in the UK 03 Aug 2011
Quintin Lew is senior vice president and CMO for Verizon Global Wholesale. His focus is on driving top line revenue and profitability for Verizon Global Wholesale, generating over $8 billion in annual revenue. His key areas of responsibility include developing the strategy and vision for Global Wholesale, growing the product portfolio to drive revenue growth and gain market share, and driving the transformation of wholesale by launching new products and services, targeting new customer segments, and developing partnerships. His focus has been on rationalising and maximising profitability for Verizon’s core voice and data services; expanding the data and IP portfolio globally; and, growing wholesale’s strategic services in the areas of cloud, security, professional services, mobility and M2M.
Small needn't mean cheap for business users 01 Jul 2008
Neelie Kroes is a member of the current European Commission until 2014 and has the digital agenda portfolio — essentially the European Union’s minister for telecommunications and media. She has experience: she was minister for telecoms in the Netherlands in the 1980s and later served on the board of Lucent. In June 2011 she ran the EU’s first Digital Agenda Assembly, helping to formulate Europe’s plans for a digital society and economy. She had followed her predecessor Viviane Reding’s strategy to reduce roaming charges and has annoyed European mobile CEOs, including Vodafone’s Vittorio Colao, whom she criticised via Twitter during Mobile World Congress this year.
Policy in Brussels threatens to sacrifice Europe's telco future 17 Aug 2012
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