World Communication Awards
CEO of the year

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Randall Stephenson:

Randall L. Stephenson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of AT&T Inc. He was appointed to the position in 2007. Since becoming chairman, Mr. Stephenson has strengthened AT&T’s position as the world’s largest telecommunications company and as a global leader in mobile broadband and IP-based business communications services. Under his leadership, AT&T also has accelerated its growth in advanced TV services and is a leader in local search advertising. Mr. Stephenson previously served as the company’s chief operating officer, from 2004 to 2007, where he was responsible for all wireless and wired operations, and as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004.

 Sunil Bharti Mittal:
Bharti Airtel Group

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, retail, financial services, realty and agri-products. Bharti Airtel, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the leading global telecom services providers with operations in Asia and Africa with an aggregate of over 236 million customers as of May 2011. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders; Singtel, Wal-Mart, AXA and Del Monte. Sunil started his career at 18 after graduating from Punjab University in India in 1976 and founded Bharti.  Today, at 53, he heads a successful enterprise which employs over 30,000 people. Bharti Airtel, the flagship group company, has a market capitalization of over US$ 32 billion.



 Ian Livingston:


Ian Livingston was appointed chief executive of BT Group on June 1st 2008. Previously, he was chief executive of BT Retail, a position he held from February 2005. Prior to this, Ian was group finance director for BT Group from April 2002. Before joining BT, Ian was group finance director of the Dixons Group from 1997. He joined Dixons in 1991 and his career with the electrical retailer spanned a number of operational and financial roles, both in the UK and overseas. Earlier in his career Ian worked for 3i Group and the Bank of America International. He was previously a director of Hilton Group plc (now Ladbrokes plc) and also a director of Freeserve from its inception. Ian is also a non-executive director of Celtic plc. He holds a BA in economics from Manchester University and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987. He is 45 years old.


 Rakesh Bhasin:
Colt Technology 


Rakesh Bhasin has been Colt’s CEO since December 2006. He has been central is creating a unique position for Colt as Europe’s information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. By bringing together computing and network services, Colt now offers customers a smarter, integrated end-to-end communications experience. Today, Colt provides major organisations, midsize businesses and wholesale customers with a powerful platform that combines data centre infrastructure, IT managed services and expertise in integrated computing and network services. Rakesh now leads an organisation that  operates a 21-country, 33,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 17,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.




Osman Sultan:

Osman Sultan, in his capacity as CEO of the world’s fastest growing teleco, du, broke the telecoms monopoly in the UAE and within less than five years captured 40% of the mobile market share within the country. Prior to his part in the telecom liberalisation process in the UAE, his involvement in the inception of MobiNil, the first Mobile Telephony Operator in Egypt, had similar nationwide results. He created anayou to provide a digital space to store and access digital lifestyle content, catering to a previously untouched niche in the Arab world. As a people-oriented person, he has mentored a generation of leaders in the telecom sector who have gone on to occupy key leadership roles across the world. 




 Mohammad Omran:

Mohammad Omran leads Etisalat the Middle East’s largest operator and the third largest corporation in the GCC. With a market value in excess of Dhs. 80 billion (US$20 billion) and annual revenues of approximately Dhs. 30 billion (US$8 billion) Etisalat is on the verge of being numbered amongst the top ten operators in the world. Etisalat is a multinational, blue-chip organisation with operations in eighteen countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. An estimated 2 million people benefit from regular work supplying Etisalat or its customers, including 53,000 who are directly employed across its international operations. Etisalat now has access to a population of more than two billion and its satellite network provides services over two thirds of the planet’s surface. Through more than thirty years Mohammad Omran has helped grow Etisalat’s success and reputation for innovation and excellence. He joined the company in 1977, one year after its formation, and since then held several management positions before being named the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 2004.


Eng. Saleh Abdooli:
Etisalat Misr

Eng. Abdooli desire to learn and his passion for knowledge knew no limit; he travelled to the United Sates to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Electrical Engineering. He graduated with an outstanding GPA of 3.8. He further pursued his higher education and earned his Master’s Degree with a GPA of 3.9. He immediately joined Etisalat, the UAE National Telecommunications Service Corporation. He climbed the organization hierarchy to assume many critical positions and move from Senior Engineer to Chief Engineer to General Manager of Network Developments and now the CEO of Etisalat Misr. Eng. Abdooli persuaded Etisalat senior management to invest in GSM technology rather than CDMA, an investment proved to be the most effective and profitable.


éphane Richard:
France Telecom-Orange

Stéphane Richard, 49, graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). When he left the ENA, Stéphane Richard was assigned to the French Inspectorate of Public Finances, where he spent four years from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, he was appointed as technical advisor for the electronics and IT industries in the cabinet of Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Minister for Industry and Foreign Trade. In 1992, he joined Compagnie Générale des Eaux, first as deputy to the group’s Chief Financial Officer, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix in 1994. In 1997, Stéphane Richard became Chairman of Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services (CGIS), now Nexity, which groups together all of Vivendi’s predominantly real estate subsidiaries. In January 2003, Stéphane Richard was appointed as Executive Vice President of Veolia Environnement and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Transport.  


Akira Arima:


Akira Arima joined NTT in April 1973. Before taking up his present position in June 2010, he served in various capacities including Senior Vice President and Executive Manager of the Corporate Strategy Planning Department of NTT East and in June 2005 he was elected as Senior Vice President of NTT.


Mehboob Chowdhury:
Pacific Bangladesh


Mehboob Chowdhury has been in The Mobile Communication Industry for 10 years in various Senior Management Positions. A post graduate in Management from the University of Dhaka in 1975-1981, he is presently the CEO of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited and the Chairman of South Asia Mobile Forum. He was the Chief Commercial Officer (i.e. head of Sales, Distribution, Marketing, Strategy and Customer Management) in Banglalink (an Orascom Telecom Ventures Ltd company) in 2005-2006. He was the Head of Sales and Marketing in Grameenphone Ltd from 1998 – 2005. He chaired the Asia Pacific GSM Association from July 2005 to June 2007. In the process, he was Responsible for furthering the causes of GSM Operators in the Asia Pacific Rim, and area of work also involved working with Regulators, GSM Operators and Vendors. He created network with Operators in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Viet Nam, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan.


Michael Lai:
Packet One Networks Malaysia

Michael Lai, Chief Executive Officer of Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), the only WiMAX Forum Board Member from South East Asia WiMAX Operators. He passionately believes in enriching lives through the power of high-quality, high-performance broadband connectivity. Putting this passion into action has resulted in Michael being one of the most sought after leaders in the country to propel the nation forward with broadband for all. With over 20 years of experience in the Information, Communications and Technologies (ICT) industry, Michael leads one of the world’s leading WiMAX telecommunications companies – P1, with the challenge to develop the startup right from ground zero. 




Zeinal Bava:
Portugal Telecom


Bava, 45, an investment banker before joining PT in 1999, and his management team set ambitious goals in early 2008: to raise the international share of PT’s revenues to 66 percent by year-end 2011, from 45 percent in 2007, and almost to double the customer base, to 100 million. Bava was elected CEO in 2008, after PT finally thwarted a hostile-takeover bid by Sonaecom, a Portuguese competitor. Then, having turned around the performance of PT’s domestic and Brazilian operations, the management team faced another major challenge in 2010, when Telefónica acquired PT’s half of Brazil’s top mobile operator, Vivo. This left PT without its growth engine, which was contributing almost half of the company’s total revenues. Determined to revive the Brazil strategy, PT spent about half of the €7.5 billion proceeds from the sale of Vivo to buy a 25 percent stake in Brazil’s largest telecom company, Oi, thus starting anew with a similar level of exposure to the country.  

Karim Khoja:
Telecom Development
Afghanistan Ltd.

Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan, has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including starting and managing extremely successful GSM companies in Pakistan, Poland, Croatia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Under his leadership, Roshan has grown to be Afghanistan’s market leader, with over 5 million customers. Roshan has received international recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Face of Adversity and Special Recognition for Corporate Philanthropy. Mr. Khoja started his GSM career as CEO for Motorola in Pakistan, and then launched Era GSM in Poland.  He went on to spin off the company, HT Mobile, from Croatia Telecom.  Over the course of the last eight years, Mr. Khoja has dedicated his time to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to bring competition and best practices to the telecommunication industry in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He has focused not only on financial results, but also on how technology can be used to change lives.

César Alierta:

Born 5 May 1945, Cesar Alierta holds a degree in law from the University of Zaragoza and earned an MBA at the University of Columbia (New York) in 1970. He has been Chairman of Telefónica since July 2000, and member of the Boards of Directors of China Unicom and Telecom Italia. From September, 2010, he has been and independent board member, chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors of International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), the company resulting from the merger of Iberia and British Airways. Alierta is also member of the Colombia Business School Board of Overseers and chairman of the Social Board of the UnED (national Long Distance Spanish University). Between 1970 and 1985, he was General Manager of the Capital Markets division at Banco Urquijo in Madrid. Subsequently, he was the Chairman and founder of Beta Capital, which he combined as from 1991 with his post as Chairman of the Spanish Financial Analysts' Association. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors and Standing Committee of the Madrid Stock Exchange.

Hannes Ametsreiter:
Telekom Austria Group


Hannes Ametsreiter was born in Salzburg in 1967. He studied journalism, communication studies and sport science. After completing his doctorate, he proceeded with an MBA at Pepperdine University in the USA. He began as international brand manager with Procter & Gamble. In 1996 Hannes Amestreiter became product manager at mobilkom austria and manager of the department in 1998. 2000 he was promoted to marketing manager. From January 2001 to March 2009 he had board level authority for sales and marketing in mobilkom austria. From July 2005 until June 2006 he was CMO of Mobiltel, Bulgaria. July 1, 2007 Hannes Ametsreiter was appointed CMO  of Telekom Austria TA AG. He became Head of the Fixed Net segment of the Telekom Austria Group starting from January 1, 2009 as well as CEO of Telekom Austria TA AG.



Gökhan Bozkurt:
Türk Telekom

Kamil Gokhan Bozkurt has an economics degree from Bilkent University and a masters degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University. In 2003, after several years in private sector, Mr. Bozkurt joined Ziraat Bank as the senior manager overseeing the bank's all financial institutions. During this period, he was a board member at Ziraat Bank Moscow CJSC and Ziraat Bank International AG. Mr. Bozkurt then joined Halkbank as the Executive Vice President of Organization and Human Resources in 2004. In this capacity, he successfully managed the merger between Halkbank and Pamukbank. In 2006, he was appointed as the Executive Vice President who managed the bank's both Financial Institution and International Banking units. During his tenure, Mr. Bozkurt was an active member of the Privatization Committee of Halkbank and a board member at Birlik Insurance. Between November 2006 and August 2010, he held office as VP of Human Resources Department in Türk Telekom, and he has been rendering service as General Manager of Türk Telekom since August 2010.  

Mr Ibrahim Al-Omar:
VIVA Bahrain 

Mr. Ibrahim Al-Omar has led and been CEO of VIVA Bahrain since the license award in 2009. He faced the challenging task of launching the 3rd mobile operator in a highly saturated market of 122% penetration and in less than a year since license award. His vision and guidance led to an extremely successful launch exceeding all benchmarks. VIVA’s unprecedented achievement led to a 28% market share within one year of operations (March 2010 to March 2011) and is a strong testament of Mr. Omar’s exceptional leadership and acumen. His impact has helped reshape the Bahraini telecommunication market and set a new benchmark for best in class operator launch record. Prior to joining VIVA, Mr. Al Omar served as the General Manager of Marketing in the Wholesale Sector in the Saudi Telecom Company (STC). In his tenure at STC’s Wholesale Sector, Mr. Al Omar led his team to explore and bring forth new revenue opportunities, continued to break all targets on traditional wholesale services sales, and embarked on an efficient cost optimization initiative.





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