Complex Made Simple

Etisalat Group CEO elected as GSMA’ Deputy Chair

The GSMA announced that it has elected new members of the GSMA Board for the two-year period from January 2015 through December 2016. The GSMA Board has also re-elected Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group for a second term as Chair and elected Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Groupas Deputy Chair. The newly elected board will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

“I am gratified and honoured to have been elected by our Board as Chairman of the GSMA for a second term,” said Mr. Baksaas.

“There are now more than 7.3 billion mobile connections and 3.6 billion mobile subscribers worldwide. Although that represents an extraordinary achievement, given the relatively short period of time in which we reached this milestone, there is still considerable scope for growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. Together with Deputy Chair Ahmad Julfar and GSMA Director General Anne Bouverot, I look forward to working with the GSMA Board and our entire membership in extending the transformative power of mobile to billions of additional men and women globally.”

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 Anne Bouverot also serves on the GSMA Board.

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar is the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group since 2011, responsible for Etisalat Group’s overall strategy and overseeing the operations in all of Etisalat Group’s markets across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Mr. Julfar’s leadership has confirmed an overall constantly remarkable performance of Etisalat Group, seeing a remarkable expansion to 19 markets, with an over 180 million subscriber’s base.