“There has never been a more crucial moment for the mobile ecosystem to work together, unlocking the full power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive.” – Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
The GSMA has announced the latest slate of representatives elected to its Board of Directors.
The newly elected board members reflect the international scope of the mobile industry alliance. Among the 26 members are Stéphane Richard, the CEO of France’s Orange Group; Gopal Vittal, the CEO of India’s Bharti Airtel Group; Hyeonmo Ku, CEO of KT (formerly Korea Telecom); and Verizon Chief Strategy Officer Rima Qureshi.
China is also well-represented among the group. Board members include Gao Tongqing of China Mobile, Liu Guiqing of China Telecom, and Mai Yanzhou China Unicom.
Also notable – if not surprising – is the prominence of mobile firms that are highly active in the emerging 5G space. KDDI CEO Makoto Takahashi is on the board, for example, as is incoming NTT DOCOMO CEO Motoyuki Ii. Orange, Verizon, and others have been quite active in this area, too.
Also unsurprising is the re-election of GSMA Director General Mats Granryd, who gestured to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic in his comments on the newly elected board.
“We thank the GSMA Board for its exceptional support during what has been a challenging year,” he said. “The Board’s insight, direction and support were integral as we navigated difficult decisions. There has never been a more crucial moment for the mobile ecosystem to work together, unlocking the full power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive.”
The board members announcement comes soon after the GSMA’s Thrive Asia Pacific virtual event. Board members will serve two-year terms, beginning in January and running through December of 2022.