The industry’s young leaders of today, and the top executives of tomorrow

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Global Telecoms Business presents this year’s list of the most exciting people in the telecoms business under 40, the people who are most likely to lead the business into the future

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, every September.

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 year’s list.

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 business. 

The list of the GTB 40 under 40 for 2013 is in strictly alphabetical order 
Srinivasa Addepalli
Tata Communications
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 regulatory affairs.
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 integration. 
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 product portfolios.
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 targets. 
Christophe Alter
Broadband Forum
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 aggregation. 
Nabil Baccouche
Vice president and managing director, Middle East and Africa
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 Africa Com. 
Sian Baldwin
BT Wholesale
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. 
Shaun Barriball
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 publishing solutions.
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 Oracle. 
Mukesh Bavisi
Managing director
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 growth path.
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 lighting. 
Nathan Bell
Telstra Global
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 organisation. 
Alberto Bezanilla
GTD Group

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. 
Allison Cerra
Vice President, marketing, communications and public affairs
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 Methodist University. 
Carlos Cordeiro
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 Cordeiro.
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 Award. 
Vincenzo Clemente
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. 
Matt Erickson
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 network.
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. 
John Finney
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. 
Alex Franks
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 mobile network.
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
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 million premises.
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 challenging.
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. 
Ashish Gupta
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. 
Peter Heuman
Head of operations and solution area business support solutions
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. 
Christel Heydemann
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 nationalities.
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 reality. 
Bas Hoefman
Managing director
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 South America.
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. 
Richard Hudson 
Alvarez and Marsal Europe
Managing director
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 experience.
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 injection. 
Rob Jonas
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. 
Gavin Krugel
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. 
Mark Liversidge
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. 
Alastair Lukies
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, the portal for the UK’s central and devolved government institutions.
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 markets.
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. 
Victor Malachard
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. 
Udit Mehrotra
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 India.
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 India.
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
Vodacom Tanzania
Managing director
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 international practices. 
Huw Owen
Good Technology
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 Middle East.
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 EMEA. 
Alex Pannell
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 broadcasting facilities. 
Philip Randerson
European Leaders
Managing director
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. 
Shayan Sanyal
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 requirements.
Through such activities, Sanyal holds an influential position in helping operators define their wireless broadband strategies. 
Ryan Sher
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 Africa. 
Dor Skuler
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 segment. 
Rod Ullens
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. 
Jeanine Vos
GSM Association
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 effectively.
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. 
Athena Wang
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 global market.
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. 
Wang Haibo
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 in Chengdu. 
Andrew Wildblood
Telstra Global
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 October 2012.
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 programme. 
Nik Willetts
TM Forum
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 brand. 

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: