Mr. Conway will relinquish his twin posts of CEO and Board member of the GSM Association at the end of the summer after 12 years. During his lengthy tenure the GSMA has grown to become one of the most powerful organisations in the global telecoms industry. Martyn Warwick reports.
From a little acorn (those of us long enough in the tooth will remember the GSMA's modest beginnings and the little exhibitions it used to put on) a mighty oak has sprung and the GSMA now represents the interests of mobile operators in 219 countries, and has dealings with nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem such as handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.
In a valedictory statement Rob Conway said, "I am very proud of the many industry-leading initiatives and contributions that the GSMA has made during my leadership...
after 12 years I feel very good that I am leaving the GSMA in the best possible position to address the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Franco Bernabè, Chairman of the GSMA Board and CEO and Chairman of Telecom Italia Group, commenting on Rob Conway's decision to vacate the CEO post said, "On behalf of the GSMA, I want to thank Rob for his many years of service and leadership in the mobile industry. Rob has led the GSMA during a period of tremendous growth as we have moved from 500 million mobile connections to nearly 6 billion connections today.
The GSMA Board says it is about to start the process of searching for a new CEO and will make an announcement in due course.
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