GSMA elects new board members

The GSMA has announced that it has elected new members of the GSMA Board for the two-year period from January 2019 through December 2020, the company said.

The GSMA Board has also elected Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Group as Chair, and Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer of Singtel Group as Deputy Chair.

As GSMA Chair, Richard will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents more than 750 of the world´s mobile operators, as well as over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

The GSMA Board has 26 members, including 25 operator representatives from the world´s largest operator groups as well as smaller, independent operators with global representation. The GSMA´s Director General Mats Granryd also serves on the GSMA Board.

The GSMA Board for the 2019-2020 term comprises:

Juan Carlos Archila, Executive Vice President of International Relationships, América Móvil
Susan Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Connections and Supply Chain, AT&T
Jamaludin bin Ibrahim, Managing Director/President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Group Berhad
Gopal Vittal, Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Airtel
Dr. Li Zhengmao, Executive Vice President, China Mobile
Liu Guiqing, Executive Vice President, China Telecom
Dr. Shao Guanglu, Executive Vice President, China Unicom
Srini Gopalan, Member of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom
Hatem Dowidar, Chief Executive Officer, International, Etisalat Group
Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman, Europe, Hutchison
Rob Shuter, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, MTN Group
Alexey Kornya, President and Chief Executive Officer, MTS
Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and Chief Executive Officer, NTT DOCOMO
Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Orange Group
Mathew Oommen, President and Member of the board of directors, Reliance Jio
Chua Sock Koong, Group Chief Executive Officer, Singtel Group
Jung Ho Park, President and Chief Executive Officer, SK Telecom
Marcelo Claure, Chief Operating Officer, SoftBank Group
Eng. Nasser S Al Nasser, Chief Executive Officer, STC Group
Julio Linares López, Member of the Board of Telefónica companies, Telefónica
Sigve Brekke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Group
Andrew Penn, Chief Executive Officer, Telstra
Kaan TerzioÄŸlu, Chief Executive Officer, Turkcell
Rima Qureshi, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
Vivek Badrinath, Chief Executive for the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific Region, Vodafone Group
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises and current GSMA Chair, will step down from the Board at the end of 2018. Mittal served as a member of the GSMA Board from 2005 through 2008 and then again as Chair from 2016 through 2018.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.