GSMA Elects New Board Members And Re-elects Franco Bernabe As Chairman

    GSMA Elects New Board Members And Re-elects Franco Bernabe As Chairman

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Dec. 13, 2012

- GSMA Names 26-Member Board to Serve from January 2013 through December 2014

LONDON, Dec. 13,2012 /PRNewswire/ --The GSMA today announced that it has
elected new members of the GSMA Board for the two-year period from January
2013 through December 2014. The GSMA also has re-elected Franco Bernabe,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Italia Group, as its Chairman,
and Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group as its Deputy
Chairman, for a second term in these roles. Mr. Bernabe has served as GSMA
Chairman since January 2011, overseeing the strategic direction of the
organisation, which represents nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as
well as more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Mr. Baksaas
has also served as Deputy Chairman since January 2011.

"I am gratified and honoured to have been elected by our Board as Chairman of
the GSMA for a second term," said Mr. Bernabe. "We are at an important time in
the development of the mobile industry - following years of unprecedented
growth, we are now faced with new challenges, as well as further growth
potential, as we see nearly everyone and everything in our lives becoming
connected by mobile. This has implications not only for individuals and
businesses around the world, but also for mobile operators and other players
across the ecosystem. Together, with Jon Fredrik Baksaas as Deputy Chairman
and our Director General Anne Bouverot, I look forward to working with the
GSMA Board and our entire membership to renew the innovation that has been the
very foundation of the success of GSM and mobile."

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. In addition to Mr. Bernabe, Mr. Baksaas and Ms. Bouverot,
the GSMA Board for the 2013-2014 term comprises:

  *Alejandro Magana Perez, Vice President of International Relations and
    Value Added Services of Productivity, America Movil
  *William Hague, Executive Vice President of International, AT&T Group
  *Jamaludin Ibrahim, Managing Director, President and Group CEO, Axiata
    Group Berhad
  *Sanjay Kapoor, CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel Ltd.
  *Sha Yuejia, Executive Director and Vice President, China Mobile
  *Lu Yimin, President and Vice Chairman, China Unicom
  *Wolfgang Kopf, Senior Vice President for Public and Regulatory Affairs,
    Deutsche Telekom
  *Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Group CEO, Etisalat
  *Jean-Paul Cottet, Senior Executive Vice President, Marketing, Innovation
    and New Activities, France Telecom-Orange
  *Tadashi Onodera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, KDDI Corporation
  *Dr. Suk-Chae Lee, Chairman and CEO, KT Corporation
  *Sifiso Dabengwa, Group President and CEO, MTN
  *Kaoru Kato, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO
  *Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Qtel Group
  *Sung Min Ha, President and CEO, SK Telecom
  *Srinath Narasimhan, Managing Director, Tata Teleservices
  *Julio Linares Lopez, Vice Chairman of Board of Directors, Telefonica
  *Lars Nyberg, President and CEO, TeliaSonera
  *David Thodey, CEO, Telstra
  *Hakam Kanafani, Group CEO, Turk Telekom
  *Anthony Melone, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
    Verizon Communications
  *Jo Lunder, CEO, VimpelCom Ltd.
  *Nick Read, Regional CEO, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Vodafone

About the GSMA The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators
worldwide.Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the
world's mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers
and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as
financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also
produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile
Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at
or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications
industry, at . 

Contact: For the GSMA: Abigail Faylor (London), +44 (0)2070 670 851,, or GSMA Press Office,
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