Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The worthy dozen: which telco CEO gets your vote?

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 11 September 15

Voting opens for the coveted CEO of the Year award; the shortlist includes candidates from big names such as Deutsche Telekom, TeliaSonera and Ooredoo, as well as some influential figures from smaller telcos.

It is no easy task being the chief executive of a major telecoms operator, and invariably the press is quick to jump on these otherwise worthy leaders whenever something goes wrong. Thus, every year Total Telecom aims to redress the balance. The finale of the annual World Communication Awards sees us hand a trophy to the CEO of the Year, as voted for by our readers. In 2014 the coveted title went to Softbank's Masayoshi Son, who attracted the most votes due in no small part to the growth his company has experienced under his leadership in recent years, including but not limited to the acquisition of U.S. operator Sprint in mid-2013. It is up to you, Total Telecom readers, to decide who will take the crown at the 2015 World Communication Awards, due to take place amidst much fanfare at Wembley stadium on 1 December. We have whittled down dozens of nominations to produce a shortlist of 12 and added a few words to refresh your memory on the recent achievements of all of the candidates. For the first time this year we have included quotes from some of the people that nominated our shortlisted CEOs, many of whom are their employees. So read on to see what they have to say, then cast your vote!   Bob Collymore Safaricom Bob Collymore took the helm at Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom on 1 November 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the telecoms and retail industries in Africa, Asia and Europe, his previous employers including Vodacom, Vodafone…

It is no easy task being the chief executive of a major telecoms operator, and invariably the press is quick to jump on these otherwise worthy leaders whenever something goes wrong. Thus, every year Total Telecom aims to redress the balance. The finale of the annual World Communication Awards sees us hand a trophy to the CEO of the Year, as voted for by our readers. In 2014 the coveted title went to Softbank's Masayoshi Son, who attracted the most votes due in no small part to the growth his company has experienced under his leadership in recent years, including but not limited to the acquisition of U.S. operator Sprint in mid-2013. It is up to you, Total Telecom readers, to decide who will take the crown at the 2015 World Communication Awards, due to take place amidst much fanfare at Wembley stadium on 1 December. We have whittled down dozens of nominations to produce a shortlist of 12 and added a few words to refresh your memory on the recent achievements of all of the candidates. For the first time this year we have included quotes from some of the people that nominated our shortlisted CEOs, many of whom are their employees. So read on to see what they have to say, then cast your vote!   Bob Collymore Safaricom Bob Collymore took the helm at Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom on 1 November 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the telecoms and retail industries in Africa, Asia and Europe, his previous employers including Vodacom, Vodafone…

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