GSMA Elects Telenor President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas as Chairman
LONDON, Oct. 28, 2013
LONDON, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The GSMA today announced that it has
elected Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group, to serve as
GSMA Chairman for the remainder of the current Board term through December
2014. In this role, Mr. Baksaas will oversee the strategic direction of the
organisation, which represents nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as
well as 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. Mr. Baksaas had served
as Deputy Chairman since January 2011. He has worked in the telecom industry
for 25 years and has been the CEO of Telenor since 2002.
"I am honoured to have been elected as Chairman of the GSMA," commented Mr.
Baksaas. "I look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the
GSMA team and our entire membership to advance important industry issues. It
is truly inspiring to work in an industry that has such a profound and
increasing impact on the people and societies we serve.
"Connecting even more of the world's population to the mobile Internet is a
top priority, and to address this, the GSMA will continue to focus on the
future evolution of our networks, the adoption of secure and interoperable new
services and advocate for the needs of our industry to governments and
regulators," said Baksaas.
"We are at a critical juncture in the development of the mobile communications
industry, as we see an ever-increasing number of people, devices and things
becoming connected by mobile," said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. "I
am looking forward to working with Jon Fredrik and the entire GSMA Board to
develop global and regional programmes that will drive future growth and
investment in mobile services, and deliver the social and economic benefits
that mobile can provide to men and women around the world."
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 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and
device 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 Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com.
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