Ooredoo Oman announced on 24 January that Ooredoo Group CCO, Ian Dench, has been appointed as the new chief executive officer for Ooredoo Oman. Dench, who joined majority shareholder Qatar's Ooredoo in 2006, has replaced Greg Young, who resigned in October 2016. Ooredoo Oman reported a 5.4 percent fourth-quarter profit growth last week.

Prior to working at Ooredoo, Dench has held positions at BT, O2, Batelco and Mobily. He has worked in telecommunications firms across Europe, Asia and Middle East. Ian joined Ooredoo Qatar operations in 2006 as executive director, Corporate & VIP Accounts.

In 2012, Ian was appointed as the chief marketing officer. As the new CEO of Ooredoo Oman, Ian will reportedly lead the company through the next phase of network enhancements and the digital evolution of products and services to customers across Oman.

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) announced that its Board of Directors had approved the appointment of Eng. Ahmed Abdulsalam Abdulrahman as Mobily Chief Executive Officer and the acceptance of the resignation of Mr. Ahmad Farroukh. The Chairman and Board of Directors offered their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Ahmad Farroukh for all his efforts in stabilizing the company and wished him the very best of luck and every success in future endeavors.

Mobily clarified that the Board of Directors approved Eng. Ahmed Abdulsalam’s appointment with effective from 10th of January, enabling him to lead the growth and expansion phase.

Eng. Ahmed has extensive experience in the ICT sector. Over the past 24 years, he has played a major role in the growth of various companies that he worked for. During his long and successful career, Eng. Ahmed has held many positions and responsibilities, including; Managing Director and CEO of Global Telecom Holding, in addition to Vice President of Vimplecom for Asia and Africa.

From 2009 to May, 2011, Orascom appointed him to be the CEO of Banglalink Telecom, and under his tenure, he succeeded in growing and transforming the company. Following this role, he was appointed Managing Director in the Group when it became Global Telecom Holding, and contributed in its expansion in the seventh markets where it operates. Between 2000 and 2008, Eng. Ahmed contributed to launching Mobinil  services, and he held several top management positions, such as; General Marketing Director, to move afterward to Orascom Group. Between 1993 and 1996, he started his career in Telecom & IT sector by joining IBM, and between 1996 and 1998, Eng. Ahmed led a team that launched the third internet service provider in Egypt. 

Mr. Sulaiman Al Gwaiz, Chairman Of Mobily’s Board Of Directors, said on appointing Eng. Ahmed: “Mobily has accomplished a great deal of progress in achieving the goals it set itself in 2015, which are in line with Telecom and IT sector orientation. Mobily is now aiming to reach an advanced phase of growth and expansion with the joining of Eng. Ahmed. We are confident that Eng. Ahmed’s presence in Mobily will have a positive influence on the next phase of our development and wish him every success in his time with our company.” 

Eng. Ahmed has a Bachelor in Communication and Electronics Engineering from Cairo University in 1992, and has “Communication Planning Award” from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Switzerland; he also completed the International Executive Program Certificate in Business Management from INSEAD University in Singapore and France.

The Board of Directors of Gulf Bridge International “GBI" has named Amr Eid as chief executive officer. Since his appointment as an acting CEO of GBI in March 2016, Amr Eid has successfully spearheaded the company’s transformation into a global shared and managed services provider.

Abdulla Al Rwaili, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, GBI said, “Amr’s vision, innovative industry outlook and proven track record of successes have positioned him as a strong leader for GBI. We are confident that he has the wealth of experience, commitment, and the drive to deliver value to shareholders, partners, customers, and to the whole ecosystem. I look forward to supporting Amr in further developing and implementing GBI’s roadmap for future growth.”  

Amr Eid, CEO of GBI, said, “I want to thank GBI’s Board of Directors, Chairman, Executive Vice Chairman and shareholders for their confidence and trust vested in me during the company’s transition. I am delighted to continue working with my dedicated and talented team and to further guide GBI on its journey towards sustainable growth and success.”     

Amr Eid brings over 23 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries having worked at leadership positions for numerous global multinational companies. He enjoys a solid industry track record of achievements in building new companies, divisions and subsidiaries, creating innovative go-to market strategies, driving corporate transformation and establishing sustainable industry synergies. He has won many recognitions and awards regionally and internationally over the span of his successful career.

Astellia announced the nomination of Abdelkrim Benamar as chief executive officer. He joined the group in the beginning of 2015 as chief operating officer and was leading the effort to improve Astellia's commercial and operational performance with mutual benefit to the company and its customers.

Astellia relies on a strong leadership position in the mobile monitoring and troubleshooting market and is the trusted partner of choice for maximizing business performance of 120 loyal customers worldwide.

Following the acquisition in 2014 of the company Ingenia Telecom, it has added radio optimization to its skill base, allowing true end-to-end monitoring and optimization from radio to core.

Over the last years Astellia has developed strong expertise in CEM and brings CSPs actionable intelligence designed to deliver first class services and maximize revenues. Astellia hereby supports operator's full value chain, from technical to marketing.

The company aims firm growth rates in the coming years through technical evolutions like NFV/SDN, 5G, but also by helping CSPs monetize big data.

The nomination of Abdelkrim Benamar is a logical step within the transformation process which was initiated in 2015 to propel Astellia forward in achieving its growth objectives.

Christian Queffelec, co-founder of Astellia and former CEO has been nominated as Chairman of the Board of Directors and will keep an active role within the company.

"We are pleased to see Abdelkrim Benamar lead the company. We firmly believe he has the experience, competences and management talent needed to drive Astellia's growth. He embodies the fundamental values and strengths of our company. After working closely together for more than a year, he has all our confidence and we are wishing him best of luck in his new function," commented Christian Queffelec.

"I am very honored and pleased today to take up the leadership of the company and would like to thank the Board of Directors as well as its Chairman for the confidence and trust they have put in me. I will drive the company to deliver unique intelligence through automated optimization and prescriptive analytics for successful network, service and subscriber value management. As a priority, I will focus on the acceleration of the transformation process, strengthen Astellia's position in the market and further develop its commercial and financial performance," concluded Abdelkrim Benamar.

Abdelkrim Benamar, 46 years, has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry with a successful track record in different executive positions within Motorola, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent such as vice president EMEA, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent International and Global Head of Financial Analysis & Risk Assessment.

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