10/16/2013 10:39:37 AM
Bernabè steps down as GSMA chair
GSMA chairman Franco Bernabè has stepped down from his role weeks after he resigned as chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia.
Bernabè left the operator after reportedly failing to get approval for increased investment in the company. He will be replaced by Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO of Telenor Group and current deputy chairman of the GSMA, on an interim basis. The trade body will hold an election for a new permanent chair and make a decision next month.
Anne Bouverot, director general of GSMA, said: 'On behalf of the entire GSMA Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude to Franco for his leadership and commitment over the last three years. Franco has been a passionate advocate for a forward-looking and collaborative approach in addressing the challenges facing our industry, and it has been a privilege to work with him. I am now looking forward to working with Jon Fredrik, our board and our membership to enable simple and secure digital services for men and women around the world.'
Author: Graeme Neill