Global Telecoms Business has announced the 2012 Global Telecoms Business Power 100.
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Numbers 51-75 are below.
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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.
As vice chairman and CEO since June 2012, Kwon Oh-hyun leads Samsung at the point at which it has become such a serious rival to Apple for smartphones and tablets that the two companies are taking their contest to the courts. So far Apple has come off better, winning a significant battle, but the war is not over. Samsung’s devices are widely praised. In early 2012 the company became the biggest selling mobile phone maker in the world, outselling Nokia by 93.5 million to 82.7 million in the first quarter. The Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note — though the subject of Apple’s litigation — have made it the biggest smartphone vendor. He is a semiconductor engineer, who has trained in Korea and at California’s Stanford university, and ran the semiconductor business for three years until he became vice chairman at the end of 2011.
SK Telecom plans smaller LTE cells and wifi offload, says ... 15 Mar 2012
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar was appointed CEO of the Etisalat group in July 2011, after serving as group chief operating officer between 2006 and 2011. The role oversees the 16 markets in which the company operates, to help Etisalat prepare to develop into the global telecoms market. As group CEO, Julfar’s role includes the delivery of the group’s commercial, technological, financial, business development and overall organisational goals. Julfar began his career at Etisalat in 1986 and now serves on the board of two of its international subsidiaries: Mobily of Saudi Arabia, where he is the chairman of the risk management committee; and Excelcomindo of Indonesia.
Etisalat looks for growth and new markets, says group CEO ... 25 Sep 2012
Since taking over as Juniper CEO in September 2008, Kevin Johnson has transformed Juniper into a diversified power player, doubling R&D and achieving significant business wins. Under his leadership, revenue increased 24% with growing market share in enterprise and service provider sectors. Johnson and his team are focused on changing the experience and economics of networking through an ecosystem of innovation.
Juniper rebrands and launches new services 29 Oct 2009
Becoming CEO of BT in 2008, at one of the most challenging periods in the company’s financial history, Ian Livingston has returned it to a stronger financial base through his radical transformation programme. At the same time he and the BT board have supported its last-mile division, Openreach, in its £2.5 billion plan to roll out fibre-to-the-cabinet across much of the country, and it is competing strongly for government funds to deliver broadband to rural areas. The company is unusual among European (indeed, world) incumbents in that it has no mobile business, something that gives it a strong focus on fixed broadband and enterprise services — but perhaps cuts it off from many of the key trends in the industry.
BT to spend £1.5bn on UK fibre to the cabinet programme 15 Jul 2008
Eli Gelman was announced as the successor to Dov Baharav as CEO of Amdocs in September 2010, and he took over formally in November 2010. The telecoms IT company expanded during Baharav’s service through a series of strategic takeovers — including companies such as Cramer and JacobsRimell. Gelman continued that with the purchase of Bridgewater Systems, and the company has been named as the likeliest to take over NSN’s divested business support systems operation. Gelman has spent more than 20 years with Amdocs after studying at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Until 2002 he led the company’s US sales and marketing operations and helped develop its customer care and billing systems business.
Extreme outsourcing means new competitor avoids learning ... 21 Apr 2011
James Crowe is CEO of Level 3, which serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global network platform. Its takeover of Global Crossing was completed in October 2011. Level 3 is one of the largest internet backbone providers in the world. Crowe is recognized as an industry visionary, who built Level 3 from the ground up to enable what he calls visual communications. Before it was widely recognised, he envisioned networks extending the reach of our eyes around the world through visual content. The success of the company has been based on Crowe’s vision to connect people, devices and businesses through the internet.
Jim Crowe plans budget to expand Level 3 further after Global ... 19 Dec 2011
As CEO of one of Europe’s largest providers of integrated business telecom and IT services, serving 30,000 customers in 22 European markets, Rakesh Bhasin leads an ambitious change and investment programme at Colt, transforming its business from provider of bandwidth and connectivity to provider of IT services. Despite the troubled European market, Colt’s consistent strategy under Bhasin’s leadership has positioned the company to return to growth this year. Colt has made significant investment in its network infrastructure and compute assets as well as evolving the customer experience to provide a seamless Pan-European service which delivers on customers’ business needs.
Interview: Rakesh Bhasin of Colt 28 Jun 2010
With over 20 years of experience, Erick Contag manages GlobeNet’s business operations and business development opportunities as COO. Contag has led GlobeNet to become the first submarine cable provider to offer carrier ethernet in South America, providing direct connection routes for Latin American providers. Projects include a low-latency route from the US, multiple network upgrades, expansion into Manaus, extending the cable into Colombia’s Atlantic coast and network preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. GlobeNet is ensuring Latin America carriers and their end customers can continue expanding their markets rapidly with the rest of the world.
Alcatel-Lucent extends GlobeNet cable 02 Jul 2012
While the rest of the telecommunications industry was trying to ride out recent and unprecedented economic challenges, Charlie Vogt, president and CEO of Genband, transformed a modest startup into a global market share leader and integral partner to the top service providers in the world. Among the longest tenured CEOs in the telecoms business, Vogt has navigated Genband into the upper echelon of the industry, where it joins a handful of companies in influencing international standards and powering the transformation of operators faced with historic challenges to their dominance in the communications value chain.
Manage online persona as technology blurs home and work ... 13 Feb 2012
David Storrie has been Nucleus Connect’s CEO since its inception in 2009, spearheading greenfield deployment of the world’s first all-fibre and world’s first open access NGN. Signing its 21st service provider in the city-state in less than two years of operation is a testament to Storrie’s leadership of the active infrastructure provider and bandwidth wholesaler. Nucleus Connect’s unique offering of flexible network design and non-discriminatory network access has created a vibrant marketplace with the entrance of new service providers and innovative services. Nucleus Connect powered next gen services enable end-users to enjoy 100 megabits up to a one gigabit experience, a first in Singapore.
Interview: David Storrie of Nucleus Connect 09 Nov 2010
Bob Sell is group chief executive of Accenture’s communications, media and technology group, which provides management consulting, technology and outsourcing services to communications, electronics, media, and entertainment companies. He was appointed in April 2012, replacing Marty Cole, who is now group chief executive of the company’s technology growth platform. This group serves most of the world’s leading cable, wireline, wireless, satellite and telecom service providers. Under the leadership of Sell, who has been with Accenture for 28 years, the company is helping clients use innovation to enhance their business results through industry-specific services and by seizing opportunities made possible by the convergence of communications, computing and content.
Accenture takes Symbian from Nokia 28 Apr 2011
Nasser Marafih, group CEO of Qtel since 2001, has spearheaded the company’s global growth from a one-country operator to a global leader with 84 million customers in 17 countries and nearly $9 billion in revenue. He led Qtel’s acquisition of Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom, the launch of Nawras in Oman, and investments in Indonesia’s Indosat and Iraq’s Asiacell.
Marafih, who serves on the boards of the GSM Association and the Samena Telecommunications Council — covering South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa — continues to play a key role in the industry, with Qtel group receiving numerous awards for its contribution to innovation and development.
After years of rapid growth, Qtel plans customer focus, says ... 26 Mar 2012
As CEO, Paul Jacobs has developed Qualcomm into one of the most influential wireless companies today, driving innovation in areas including next-gen mobile software, multi-core chipsets and low-power displays. Qualcomm has been a prominent player in accelerating the adoption and evolution of 3G wireless standards and laying the groundwork for 4G networks, products and services. Since Jacobs took over the company, annual revenues have increased from $5.6 billion in 2005 to almost $15 billion in 2011. Because of his vision for the future and how mobile access can change lives, Qualcomm invests heavily in projects that support healthcare, education and entrepreneurship.
Telstra to drive 3G to 100 megabits but keen on 4G for Hong ... 01 Apr 2009
Syniverse CEO Jeff Gordon continues to propel the company’s success by delivering advanced interoperability solutions that allow mobile service providers to ensure seamless, high-quality end-user experiences despite ever-increasing technical and business complexities. Through Jeff’s focus on innovation, Syniverse has advanced solutions that address today’s mobile imperatives such as LTE and wifi interoperability, and he continues to drive R&D efforts that create solutions for tomorrow. Demonstrating his vision, Jeff led Syniverse to a proposed €550 million acquisition of MACH, which pending regulatory approval, would enable Syniverse to expedite new and innovative solutions that will benefit end users around the globe.
New opportunities to sell roaming services to customers, says ... 16 Jan 2012
Bhaskar Gorti has led Oracle’s successful drive to market leadership within the communications industry and in moulding its comprehensive portfolio of software, hardware, systems and services to help communication service providers and network equipment makers accelerate innovation, transform and grow their businesses, and focus on providing a superior customer experience. Oracle received the TM Forum’s 2012 industry leadership award in recognition of its support for industry standards and innovation — it was the first company to receive nominations in all four award categories. The company serves 100 of the top 100 telcos globally.
Interview: Bhaskar Gorti of Oracle 01 May 2009
Bill Pereira has been the CEO, president and co-chairman of IDT Telecom since October 2011, after serving two years as CFO. During that time, he has transformed IDT into a $1.4 billion, 30 billion minute and 350,000-distribution point company. An enigmatic and trusted leader with unquestionable integrity, adept at managing relationships and inspiring confidence Pereira is widely respected for putting the enterprise first and solving challenging business issues. IDT is now one of the biggest international carriers in the world, the largest global prepaid calling service company and leader in innovation through services such as international mobile top-up, remittance services and VoIP.
Operators struggle to define investment agenda 14 Jun 2012
Tony Bates became CEO of Skype in 2010 before Microsoft bought it for $8.5 billion the following year, and is now the president of Microsoft’s Skype division. Before joining Skype, Bates was general manager of Cisco’s enterprise, commercial and small business division, where he was responsible for its overall strategy and development direction. In this role, Bates was responsible for over $20 billion of annual revenue and managed over 12,500 employees worldwide. He was also general manager of Cisco’s service provider group, so knows the telecoms industry well. Bates comes from the solid corporate background that will undoubtedly change Skype’s former ethos.
Microsoft takes control of Skype 14 Oct 2011
Jeff Heenan Jalil
Jeff Heenan Jalil is vice president and global head of Indian company Wipro’s telecom equipment vendor business unit. In this role he leads sales, marketing, operations and delivery for a business unit with 6,000 employees. His focus is on delivering technology innovations to his clients that will enable them to create Digital Highways and networks of the future. Wipro has built LTE small cell and LTE packet core solutions addressing industry capacity and coverage challenges. In just 14 months, Heenan Jalil has transformed his business into a premier research and development engineering services provider in a highly competitive market environment.
Telecom innovation at risk, says Wipro VP Jeff Heenan-Jalil 30 Nov 2011
Thomas Fallon is the CEO of optical networking system-maker Infinera. During his time, Fallon has overseen Infinera’s capture of the number one position in North America’s long-haul optical networking market and number four globally, taking market share from traditional system-makers.
Under Fallon’s leadership, Infinera estimates that around 40% of the world’s internet traffic is carried across over 1,000,000 kilometres of lit fibre. The company has launched what it believes is the world’s first and only 500 gigabits a second super-channel technology, and has received orders from 13 customers including tier one carriers, cable firms, content providers, research and educational bodies and submarine cable operators.
Pacific Crossing completes 100 gig subsea trial 12 Oct 2011
Abdul Malek Al Jaber
Abdul Malek Al Jaber is the founder and CEO of MENA Apps, a newly established enterprise created specifically to exploit the untapped potential for Arabic content and applications in the Middle East and North Africa. Today, in less than 12 months, MENA Apps is a leading accelerator and hub for Arab digital innovators and entrepreneurs, with eight successful start-ups and many more in the pipeline. These start-ups — including Gallery Al Sharq, Shaweet.com, Experts911 and Sallaty.jo — demonstrate the most innovative content and e-services. Al Jaber ran Palestine’s Paltel before joining Zain in 2009, where he was CEO of its Jordan operation and COO of the whole group until 2011.
Former Zain exec to launch Arabic mobile apps mall 29 Sep 2011
Due to Ramez Younan’s successful restructuring of Orga Systems, its extensive portfolio of real-time convergent solutions offered in a single platform helps operators, utilities, energy and telematic industries to run a better business in a connected world. As CEO, Younan’s leadership and successful global positioning of Orga has been documented as a key player in the key convergent billing sector in Analysys Mason’s yearly report. Furthermore several international awards for its real-time convergent platform — for communications, automotive and utility — as well as continued growth of the company underline his success: more than 80 million subscribers have been added to Orga Systems’ platforms.
Telecoms companies assess market potential of smart energy ... 16 Mar 2012
Glenn Lurie leads AT&T’s emerging devices organisation and is charged with driving innovation by wirelessly connecting a host of new devices and applications to AT&T’s network. These include computing devices, e-readers, telematics, navigation and tracking devices, e-health, and M2M communications solutions. He’s responsible for AT&T’s new digital life group, which will drive innovation through the connected digital home initiative using industry-leading IP-connectivity technology to deliver an industry-leading platform for home security and automation.
Traffic info and medicine bottles are next task for AT&T iPhone ... 06 Apr 2011
Interoute CEO Gareth Williams has continued his drive towards a new agile business model to reposition the company as a leading cloud infrastructure and ICT service provider. This year has seen the company highlighted as a leader by Gartner and the development and launch of a new infrastructure-as-a-service virtual data centre, which provides public cloud convenience with private cloud security. Williams also acquired an application management business and a video-as-a-service business, to strengthen the cloud services portfolio. As a result, Interoute is outperforming the market, posting top-line revenues in 2011 of €366 million, a 24% increase over the same period in 2010.
Interoute links with Israel's Bezeq network 26 Jan 2012
Hakam Kanafani is Türk Telekom group’s CEO and member of the board of directors and executive committee. In 2011, the group’s revenue grew by 10%, one of the highest rates for any major telecom incumbent worldwide. Kanafani leads the company’s efforts with focus on innovation and smart growth. He is on the board of directors of Avea, the group’s mobile communications unit. His first job after graduating was in the information technology team based at Nasa’s Goddard space flight centre in the US. Later, he was CEO of Jawwal Palestine and subsequently the chief business development and synergy officer for Oger Telecom.
Türk Telekom completes Cyprus cable 14 Oct 2011
Hannes van Rensburg
Following the acquisition of Fundamo by Visa last year, Hannes van Rensburg was promoted to group manager, sub-Saharan Africa. His responsibilities include Visa’s strategic development and business performance in the region, as well as maintaining his leadership of Fundamo. Van Rensburg now leads Visa’s efforts to drive financial inclusion in emerging markets, and has been instrumental in the development of Visa mobile prepaid. The platform, already being deployed by MTN in key markets, solves the interoperability challenge facing mobile money, by opening up previously closed loop service deployments, to connect billions of unbanked consumers to each other and the global economy.
Mobile devices become banks, libraries and enterprises in ... 15 Feb 2012
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