Publishing the Global Telecoms Business 40 under 40 is one of
the most exciting events in GTB’s calendar
— along with the annual gathering and awards ceremony
that we have for the 40 themselves, and their predecessors,
We first started asking our readers, and the wider industry, to
nominate people for the 40 under 40 in 2009. Each year many
have dropped off the list — usually because they have
passed the age of 40 but sometimes because they have moved out
of the industry.
One of those in the 2009 list who have left is Christina
Domecq, then CEO of start-up SpinVox. Like many start-ups, it
failed. Domecq has recently been reported to be advising
technology businesses in New Zealand. Others from that list
include François Locoh-Dono of Ciena and Mikhail
Shamolin, then of MTS. All are still in the industry —
though Shamolin is now at VimpelCom — but age excludes
them from the 2013 list.
Another from 2009 were Olivia Garfield, nominated by a
colleague at BT as the person working on the
company’s long-term fibre strategy, and Sian
Baldwin, who was working on the same company’s
content management strategy. Both are now in senior positions
in the group, Garfield as CEO of Openreach and Baldwin as CIO
of BT Wholesale. We, with our readers and contacts in the
industry, spotted them. Incidentally, they are both still
eligible to be in the GTB 40 under 40, and are in this
There are others who make their appearance this year for the
first time. Where will they be in four years’
time? We hope that they follow their predecessors’
example and go on to take up senior positions in the
The list of the GTB 40 under 40 for 2013 is in strictly
Chief strategy officer
Srinivasa Addepalli’s role is the formulation of
long term vision, corporate strategy and planning at Tata
Communications, a global communications services provider. His
responsibilities include corporate development, M&A and
investments, innovation and incubation of new ideas and
He is a senior management executive with strategic planning,
M&A and marketing background in the telecom sector, with a
unique experience of working on leading edge developments in
the wholesale, enterprise and broadband areas. He participated
in the transformation and creation of India’s
first telecoms multinational.
Addepalli is a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of
Management in Ahmedabad teaching cross-border M&A and
Enas Al Fardan
Head of corporate strategy office
With over seven years of experience in telecom product
management, Enas Al Fardan has managed service portfolios
including e-applications, internet, messaging and value added
services for Bahrain’s Batelco.
She led and managed many significant projects that have
positively impacted the development in Bahrain including the
introduction of the revamped low priced broadband packages in
2005 — which grew the active market by more than 50%
— and the launch of the fastest fixed internet speed
packages in the country in 2009. In mid 2009, Al Fardan was
promoted to the manager of internet and messaging services. In
October 2010, she became the manager of product marketing
strategy with the role of managing the development and
execution of aligned product strategy across the different
By mid 2011, she was promoted to head the corporate strategy
office reporting to CEO with the role of managing the
development of corporate strategy and governing the strategy
execution across the company to ensure delivering on
Technical committee chair
Christophe Alter, who is also broadband networks
standardization manager at France Telecom-Orange, chairs the
Broadband Forum technical committee, overseeing its seven
technical working groups.
Since he first joined the Broadband Forum in 2004, Alter has
been a main contributor in the End to End Architecture Working
Group. He served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2012
and originated the union with the IP/MPLS Forum and the Fiber
Access Network Working Group.
He is responsible for France Telecom-Orange
Group’s strategy regarding broadband networks
standards and previously led network architecture designs for
the company’s wifi hotspots and first triple play
deployments over DSL access and IP/MPLS
Vice president and managing director, Middle East and
Nabil Baccouche led MEA-region mobile advancements during his
extensive telecom career and continues to do so at Syniverse.
In 2012, Baccouche grew his in-region team and opened
Syniverse’s new MEA headquarters in Dubai. He
fortified key relationships, hosting workshops on wifi,
real-time experience management and advanced messaging
solutions and securing deals for service bundles spanning
Syniverse’s lines of business. Baccouche also
played a critical role in wholesale consulting projects,
including optimizing the business of a group operator with
operations across Asia and MEA.
Moreover, Baccouche is actively engaged with industry groups,
including Samena Telecommunications Council, GSM Arab World and
Sian Baldwin is responsible for the design, build and run of BT
Wholesale’s networks and IT systems, product
development and support of bespoke managed services.
She was previously director of broadband and content services
and headed BT’s broadband programme, starting the
introduction of fibre, also focusing on 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. Sian has attended Harvard
and London business schools, and studied artificial
intelligence at the University of Sussex in the UK.
Vice president of mobile products
Quark bought Mobile IQ, which was founded by Shaun Barriball,
and made him vice president of mobile products.
In his new role, Barriball will lead product strategy and
client acquisition across Quark’s mobile
Having worked in the mobile industry for 10 years, Barriball is
a recognised leader in digital publishing. In 2005 he founded
Mobile IQ and led the team to develop mobile Web and custom app
services, as well as PressRun, a tablet publishing platform.
Mobile IQ customers included the BBC, the New England Journal
of Medicine, the Guardian, the British Medical Journal, and
other leading brands. Before founding Mobile IQ, Barriball was
director of content services for Volantis, and held senior
consulting and engineering positions with IONA Technologies and
Mukesh Bavisi holds a degree in engineering from Brunel
University and has over fifteen years of IT experience. In
2012, he was appointed managing director of Exponential-e after
an increasingly widening remit as operations director.
His passion, hands on approach and detailed understanding of
the different facets of Exponential-e’s business
is propelling the company forward on its continued and rapid
Bavisi’s interest in technology extends outside of
work. In his spare time he can often be found automating his
home with everything from media entertainment to
Director for marketing, portfolio and pricing
Nathan Bell started his career in the global telecommunications
industry in 1997 and, by 2006, he was already responsible for
managing BT Global Services’ Asia Pacific
portfolio and professional services organisation and a team of
120+ employees across 10 countries. #He has gained worldwide
recognition for his expertise in developing new capabilities
and revenue streams in new and emerging markets across Asia
Pacific and central and eastern Europe.
Since joining Telstra, Bell has used his extensive experience
to maximise the company’s investments in emerging
markets and drive its transition from a traditional networking
business to a truly global managed services
Alberto Bezanilla has been a board member of GTD since 2007,
and was appointed as CEO in 2012.
GTD has been a leading player in the Chilean corporate sector
since inception, and has expanded through acquisitions in the
last years to the residential segment with great success. This
growth trend has to continue, and Bezanilla is the person to
lead this effort.
He has a diverse background, having worked for Unilever in
planning, and his last ten years in the financial sector. He
has had positions from investment banking to asset management
in major institutions such as JP Morgan and Banco de Chile. He
holds a MBA and master of engineering management from Kellogg.
His inner thrive, round character and past experiences will
allow him drive GTD to its next phase, increasing top line
revenue through new products and services, and starting the
international expansion of GTD in Latin America.
Vice President, marketing, communications and public
Allison Cerra recently co-authored two books, The Shift and
Identity Shift, based on extensive research that reveals
commercial opportunities when networks and ecosystems are fully
exploited, defining a $100 billion market in the US alone.
She is a frequent speaker, serves on multiple industry and
non-profit boards, and is a 2011 recipient of the Outstanding
Young Alumna Award from the Cox School of Business at Southern
Chief standards architect
Carlos Cordeiro pioneers the field of multi-gigabits-a-second
wireless, and is enabling a new wave of devices and
applications, including ultra-thin and connectorless
ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets.
He is technical editor to both WiGig and the IEEE 802.11ad
standard where these wireless technologies are developed. The
industry is building products using technologies developed by
He has received various awards for his accomplishments
including the IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award 2011 (R6), the
worldwide IEEE 2007 New Face of Engineering, the IEEE
Technological Innovation Award 2007 (R1), and the 2007 Frost
& Sullivan Excellence in Research of the Year
Cross River Fiber
President and CEO
Vincenzo Clemente founded Cross River Fiber in 2011, bringing
more than 15 years of management, network design, right of way
and construction experience to the company. His technical
expertise coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit has lead his
success at a number of competitive local exchange carriers and
telecommunications construction businesses in the US.
At Cross River Fiber, Clemente runs a boutique dark fibre
service company that is building alternative bandwidth and
communication solutions for enterprise businesses, telecoms
carriers, healthcare organizations, government and educational
institutions, and financial companies that require fortified
and scalable connectivity options.
Clemente has brought together a winning and proven team to
continue in his mission to create advanced fibre networks that
use the latest technology.
Zayo Fiber Solutions
Matt Erickson is a proven leader in the telecoms industry and
has played a critical role in the founding, acquisition
strategy and continued success of Zayo Group. Zayo is committed
to developing bandwidth infrastructure solutions for
tomorrow’s technologies and Erickson has
implemented this vision by launching Zayo Fiber Solutions in
2010, a business unit focused on Zayo’s dark fiber
Previously, Erickson served as SVP of corporate strategy and
development for the group.
Before Zayo, he was vice president of marketing and product
management at ICG Communications. He was a member of the senior
team that successfully sold ICG to Level 3 in 2006. Erickson
began his career at Price Waterhouse in the audit and financial
advisory services groups.
Chief commercial officer
John Finney leads O3b’s global sales and marketing
efforts, along with the product development strategy. Prior to
joining O3b Networks, he was regional managing director for
Ciena, where he was responsible for northern Europe, Russia and
the Middle East.
Finney is one of the pioneers of O3b, one of the most exciting
satellite start-ups of the past decade. Over the past three
years he has established a global sales and marketing function
from scratch and has booked sales on every continent.
His customer-centric approach and people-oriented personality
have allowed him to build relationships of trust with senior
industry executives and key decision makers. Finney has been a
key contributor to the early success of O3b and continues to
help drive its progress.
Before Ciena, Finney worked with Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei, and
before that for the UK government.
The People’s Operator
Alex Franks, formerly with Blyk, is the first CEO of The
People’s Operator, an MVNO launched in 2012 which
gives 25% of its profits to charity and other good causes.
He previously headed all aspects of Blyk’s UK
business, including the strategic partnership with Everything
Everywhere. He joined Blyk as operations director in 2007 and
helped it launch as the world’s first ad-funded
TPO was established on a simple premise — that
business can be designed to act as a driving force for social
change. To achieve its ambitions, Franks has helped build a
company that aims to make it easier for people to support good
causes, in a manner that fits into their everyday lives.
A quarter of its annual profits are given away to the TPO
Foundation. Customers can direct the company to give 10% of
their monthly mobile spend to a cause of their choice, at no
extra cost to them.
Liv Garfield heads BT’s independently managed
copper and fibre local network, Openreach, which provides
equality of access to all UK operators.
He task within Openreach includes responsibility for the
delivery of one of the fastest and most ambitious deployments
of superfast fibre broadband in the world. Openreach has
already made superfast connections available to more than 13
She will now oversee delivery of fibre to around two thirds of
UK homes and businesses by the middle of 2014, and to an even
greater proportion of premises as public funding becomes
available to get to areas where the economic case is more
Before joining BT in 2003, Garfield worked for Accenture, the
management consultancy company. She then joined BT in a number
of roles, becoming group director of strategy and regulatory
affairs, where she oversaw the company’s fibre
broadband strategy and other key areas.
BT Global Services
CIO and president of portfolio and service design
As CIO, Ashish Gupta manages BT Global Services’
portfolio offerings globally, including transition and
transformation programmes for key global customers, with a team
of over 6,000 professionals.
His mandate is to drive increased profitability while improving
customer satisfaction. A highly motivated, strategic and
tenacious leader, Gupta puts the customer at the heart of
BT’s portfolio innovations.
Head of operations and solution area business support
Peter Heuman has over 11 years of experience in telecom and
media, most recently in chief executive officer positions at
two start-up ventures with an emphasis on translating strategy
into bottom line results.
Today, Heuman is head of operations and solution area business
support solutions at Ericsson. He previously held CEO, sales
and marketing positions with industry-leading companies that
include Tele2, Parlino and Done Management & Systems.
Heuman holds an MSc in information technology and industrial
management from Chalmers University of Technology.
Executive vice president human resources and transformation,
and member of the management committee
Christel Heydemann is an outstanding young executive with a
clear business track record, as well as a strong sense of
social leadership. Today, she leads
Alcatel-Lucent’s human resources organisation
counting 77,000 employees, 130 countries and more than 100
Previously, she was responsible for
Alcatel-Lucent’s strategic alliance with HP,
overseeing €1 billion of business opportunities.
She is also passionate about the transformational role of
executive leadership and the responsibility to society. Her
ambition is to take knowledge and see how she can transform
other communities through education, mentoring and bringing
corporate leaders together in a more balanced and proactive
core value system suited to today’s
Text to Change
Bas Hoefman is the co-founder of Text to Change, a mobile
phone-based service provider working on healthcare, education,
agriculture and accountability in 15 countries in Africa and
TTC has reached over 500,000 mobile phone users with mobile
health quizzes, price information systems and mobile learning
systems in emerging markets.
Until now mobile telephony has never been used on such a large
scale and systematic manner for this purpose.
Text to Change is a non-profit organisation which sets up
innovative mobile programs for partners in Africa and South
America. Their flexible and easily scalable mobile platform is
able to send out and receive text messages, voice and data.
Because of the increasing growth of mobile telephony, also at
the poorest level and among youth, TTC strongly believes in the
power of mobile technology to address the need for better
healthcare, education, economic development and larger
transparency and accountability.
Alvarez and Marsal Europe
Richard Hudson has detailed knowledge of both mobile and fixed
line telecommunications and has both advised and served on the
boards of a number of large telecommunications companies in
Europe, including Wind Hellas and Eircom.
He has more than 16 years’ experience in board,
operational, restructuring and advisory roles. As a CFO, he has
private-equity backed businesses. He has operational experience
with profit and loss responsibility within both
business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors and has
extensive corporate finance and financial restructuring
Hudson spent 15 months advising the board of Eircom in Ireland
through its landmark €1.9 billion financial restructuring,
which was the largest and most complex restructuring in Irish
history and the first restructuring of its size and complexity
to use the Irish Examinership process.
During 2010-11, he advised on the €1.9 billion
restructuring of Wind Hellas in Greece, helping the company
successfully complete a complex cross-border restructuring
process which resulted in a complete deleveraging of the
business and a €420 million liquidity
Vice president and managing director of EMEA and APAC
Rob Jonas is responsible for leading PubMatic’s
global expansion and sales efforts in EMEA and APAC. He brings
to PubMatic over 15 years of experience developing revenues for
high-growth technology companies in the EMEA, North America and
the Asia-Pacific regions.
Jonas spent his last three years as vice president and managing
director, EMEA, at InMobi, a mobile ad network, where he grew
the business to become a market leading, multi-million dollar
company employing over 100 people across seven offices.
He joined InMobi from Google’s London office,
where he was director of strategic partnerships in EMEA. Jonas
also worked at Yahoo! Europe, which he joined through its
acquisition of Overture Services, where he contributed to its
expansion across 10 countries.
He is an active seed investor and board advisor, as well as
mentor with the London-based Seedcamp.
Head of customer strategy and market activation for
emerging market mobile
Gavin Krugel has led Visa’s efforts to solve the
biggest challenge facing the mobile money industry in emerging
markets: driving customer activation. By taking a pragmatic
approach that looks beyond technology and focuses on building
the business of mobile money, Krugel has helped
Visa’s clients to double their number of active
mobile money users.
Krugel has also set-up business divisions designed to help Visa
clients unlock the potential of adjacent industries such as
insurance and government that will expand the utility of mobile
money services and fuel future growth.
Chief marketing officer
Mark Liversidge blends his intimate knowledge of mobile,
consumer psychology and marketing, with a vision-based approach
to leading change in the market. He re-aligned the unique
multi-freestanding brand strategy, along with delivering new
pricing strategies, first in market entertainment apps and
introduced social gamification as a customer engagement model,
resulting in CSL being the only operator in its market to
deliver monthly base and ARPU growth through the last year and
re-establish market leadership.
Liversidge and his team received 12 multi-category awards in
2012 across retail design, digital programs, marketing
effectiveness and branding, underlining his impact not only on
telecoms, but the wider consumer market in Asia.
CEO and co-founder
Alastair Lukies has a proven track record of turning visions
and concepts into real businesses. He founded Monitise in 2003.
Three years later, it was recognised as a technology pioneer by
the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 he led the
company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the
London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building
Monitise, Lukies was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal
for the UK’s central and devolved government
Monitise is a technology and services company delivering mobile
banking, payments and commerce networks worldwide with the
proven technology and expertise to enable financial
institutions and other service providers to offer a wide range
of services to their customers in developed and emerging
It provides services to more than 300 financial institutions,
and has more than 20 million users worldwide. It has strategic
partnerships with Visa, RBS and others to develop and deliver
mobile money services.
In October 2008 against a backdrop of a difficult economic
climate and an already crowded mobile advertising market,
Victor Malachard co-founded Adfonic.
It offers advertisers and agencies a smarter way to buy mobile
inventory with the widest possible access to global mobile web
and app inventory — over 100 billion global ad
impressions each month through a single buying point. It
reaches 250 million mobile unique users monthly with an average
of over 600 campaigns a month.
Adfonic is supported by local offices in London, Madrid,
Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Singapore.
Malachard is recognised leader with over 10 years experience in
telecommunications, IT and new media. He has a strong track
record of achievement within both corporate and start-up
companies and real experience building new organisations from
the ground up.
Owner and director
In 2009 Udit Mehrotra was named Young Innovative Telecom
Entrepreneur at the National Telecom Awards of India. This
reflects his impressive list of achievements through which he
has changed the market for retail and enterprise services in
Founded by Mehrotra in 2007, Ubico Networks is now the largest
vendor of equipment for in-building and in-campus networks in
India. Another venture, CityCom Networks, is
India’s first independent intra-city carrier of
carriers building a world-class optical fibre network across
the largest cities.
In 2008, he led the Shyam Group’s acquisition of
Spectranet, an ISP division of Punj Lloyd, with the vision to
revolutionise the market for retail and enterprise services in
He led NGMA, one of India’s first value-added
mobile service providers, delivering innovative content to
mobile operators. With a strong understanding of regulation,
market, and technology, he continues to lead the
group’s foray into new markets and possibilities.
Mehrotra has worked for several international companies,
including Lehman Brothers and Lucent Technologies. He holds a
master of science in telecommunication management and a
bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering from Stevens
Institute of Technology in the US.
Rene Meza brings with to Vodacom Tanzania over 12 years of
international experience in the industry from three different
continents in emerging markets: Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Paraguayan by nationality, Meza was the managing director of
Bharti Airtel Kenya before joining Vodacom Tanzania as managing
director, having previously been CEO of Tigo in Tanzania.
As chief operating officer in Pakistan of Millicom —
the company that owns the Tigo brand — he was
responsible for the overall performance of the mobile company
until late 2006. He held various managerial positions in Tigo
in Paraguay from 1996 until 2005.
After having worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America for over
a decade, Meza has acquired wide and diverse international
experience in the telecommunications industry with strong focus
on building sustainable operations coupled with the best
Vice president and general manager of EMEA
As VP of channel sales for EMEA, Huw Owen orchestrated an
aggressive growth strategy for Good Technology. Since joining
in 2011, Owen has scaled the business rapidly, as well as taken
it into new territories, including the Nordics, Benelux and the
There have also been flagship customer wins, such as Barclays,
Sainsbury’s, Renault and Schipol, making Good a
key mobility company to watch in EMEA. Owen’s
excellent management skills, bold style and customer
acquisition success have turbo-charged his career: in December
2012, he was promoted to VP and general manager of
Director of broadcast and media
Alex Pannell joined broadcast operator Arqiva in October 2012
after a senior role at BT Wholesale, where he ran the wholesale
broadband service delivering TV and content, including BT
agilemedia, a TV audience participation platform, and TV
outside broadcast, which covers 2,500 events a year including
premier league football, international cricket and rugby.
Arqiva provides television and radio transmission, distribution
and media management for the world’s leading
broadcasters on multiple global platforms. Its core assets
include the UK terrestrial broadcast network together with
teleports and media hubs at key locations around the world,
plus comprehensive satellite capacity, multiplexes and
international fibre network. Arqiva also provides extensive
media services through its playout, studios and mobile
Philip Randerson, who is also founder of Hot Topics, is a clear
thought leader within the space he operates. He is a extremely
connected, engaging and admired by his clients. Hot Topics has
secured a range of long term agreements, including Qualcomm and
Barclays, essentially supporting the technology industry.
Thanks to his vast knowledge of the industry and his open and
winning personality combined with great communication skills
Randerson has shown a great talent to bring key leaders of the
industry together to discuss important trends and changes
across various businesses.
He has a fantastic ability to encourage an open discussion and
opinion exchange in rounds of otherwise fiercely competing
executives, giving the audience invaluable insights to thought
processes of key companies and executives.
Chief commercial officer
Shayan Sanyal, Bluwan’s chief commercial officer,
is committed to bridging the digital divide. In 2012, he was
central to developing the partnership between Bluwan and
Somcable that provided the first multi-gigabit wireless access
network across the Horn of Africa, helping to overcome the
Access in Africa challenge.
Sanyal has driven the go-to-market strategy for what Bluwan
calls its "fibre through the air" technologies, including the
recent launch of LinkFusion, its second generation
point-to-multipoint millimetre wave backhaul solution, which
enables operators to address burgeoning small cell backhaul
Through such activities, Sanyal holds an influential position
in helping operators define their wireless broadband
Chief operating officer
Ryan Sher’s business expertise and technical
experience make him a key figure in the development and
commercialisation of WIOCC’s unrivalled African
network, which won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at
AfricaCom in November 2012. Under Sher’s
stewardship, WIOCC’s unique network seamlessly
links 50,000 kilometres of African terrestrial fibre with
multiple international submarine cables, offering carriers
diversity-rich, high-speed international connectivity to and
from over 400 locations in 30 African countries.
Sher’s drive, energy and business skills have been
vital in transforming WIOCC, after less than five years of
trading, into Africa’s carriers’
carrier — leading the way in delivering
end-to-end-managed wholesale connectivity to
VP and general manager of CloudBand business unit
Dor Skuler founded and leads Alcatel-Lucent’s
CloudBand business, in the forefront of the
industry’s drive towards network functions
virtualization. This entrepreneurial activity provides a
multi-vendor platform to enable transformation from the
physical to cloud based delivery of telecom services. The
innovation from the A-team that Skuler assembled is widely
recognised as one of the leaders in this new growing market
Co-founder and strategic advisor
Since co-founding Voxbone in 2005, Rod Ullens has led strategic
direction and spearheaded growth for the company. Previously,
he provided advice, training and seminars to European carriers,
such as Belgacom, KPN and France Telecom-Orange, as well as
several European governments.
He holds a master’s degree in telecommunication
engineering from the University of Louvain in Belgium.
Voxbone’s DID and iNum numbers let operators and
enterprises quickly launch new services and expand globally
with local presence while reducing costs. Ullens conceived of
iNums and has guided their evolution and adoption.
Executive director of mobile health
Jeanine Vos leads the global mobile health programme at the GSM
Association, which represents the interests of 1000+ companies
in the mobile communications industry worldwide.
The GSMA programme aims to stimulate the development and
take-up of sustainable and scalable mobile health solutions.
These provide a real opportunity to help healthcare providers
deliver better, more consistent and more efficient healthcare,
and to empower individuals to manage their own health more
She is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the
programme, working closely with member companies as well as
stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem, to identify,
prioritise and execute activities and communicate findings.
Before mobile health, Vos was the GSMA’s expert on
a range of initiatives including the economic and social
benefits of mobile, spectrum licensing, interconnection and
international roaming key policy and regulatory programmes.
She has also headed the GSMA’s policy activities
to shape the industry position on the evolution to IP networks
and net neutrality.
General manager for UK fixed line service providers
Athena Wang joined Huawei Technologies in 1998 as a product
engineer for the optical network systems and in 2001 became
deputy chief engineer for optical network product department.
Between 2002 and 2003 Wang worked at international marketing
department responsible for mobile network optical solution for
She started to work in Huawei European region since 2003 and
then dedicated in UK. She led the team to win the first optical
network project in UK and many major projects include BT 21CN
transmission for Huawei. She’s became deputy
managing director in 2007 because of her outstanding
achievements and bicultural experience.
Chief intellectual property officer
Based on data from the European Patent Office, ZTE filed
applications for 1,184 patents in 2012, lifting the company to
tenth position in the annual table, from 43rd place a year
earlier. The company spent $1.4 billion on R&D in 2012.
The company’s chief intellectual property officer,
Wang Haibo is also an arbitrator of the Guangzhou arbitration
commission, the vice chairman of the board of Guangzhou IP
Arbitration Court, the vice executive president of the Shenzhen
Patent Association, a member of the Shenzhen Judicial Expertise
Expert Committee, the mediation expert of South China branch of
the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration
Commission, and a member of the Government IP Expert Commission
Head of Asia Sales
Andrew Wildblood has risen through the ranks at Telstra since
joining the company at the age of 25. By 2009, he was vice
president of sales for telstra international EMEA and then
became head of north asia, directing a team of 50+ people to
drive enterprise growth in the key markets of Hong Kong, China,
Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He became head of Asia sales in
Wildblood has also headed the new business team in Australia
and was instrumental in securing Telstra’s largest
outsourced managed services contract to date with Commonwealth
Bank, valued at $1 billion. He has consistently achieved 35%
year-on-year regional growth, resulting in him being the
youngest of just 30 employees selected globally to join
Telstra’s enterprise leadership
Chief strategy officer
Nik Willetts is responsible for driving the TM
Forum’s success and value-delivery across a broad
range of competencies, including its digital services
initiative which focuses on helping service providers overcome
the challenges of managing complex digital services and
enabling an open, vibrant digital economy. In addition, Nik
also leads TM Forum’s Innovation Accelerator which
brings together small innovative companies, innovation labs,
investors and customers to showcase innovation, get to market
faster, partner effectively, find customers and build a lasting
Global Telecoms Business will be inviting all of this year's
GTB 40 under 40 to attend a summit and awards ceremony in
London on 23-24 September, to which all previous members of GTB
40 under 40s will be invited. The current GTB 40 under 40
members will be asked to help plan the event. More information
will be posted here: