Telecom Executive Moves – Week 6, 2020

Telco Moves Week 6 Word Cloud

Telco Moves charts the notable hires, promotions and leadership changes in the global Telecom and ICT community.

Here’s our carefully curated list of exec moves announcements for the period February 3rd to February 9th 2020, relevant to the ICT sector.



Robert Le Busque has been appointed as managing director for Verizon’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) region taking on overall responsibility for the company’s Global Enterprise business.

Robert was previously Verizon Global Enterprise’s regional managing director for Australia, New Zealand & India. He succeeds Rich Montgomery, former Group Vice President, International, for Verizon, who is taking up a new role in the company’s Global Integrated Solutions business.



Huawei Australia and New Zealand vice president of channel and commercial Geoff Wright is set to leave the company amid a major restructure.

Wright came to the role just months after vacating his role as director of channels across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) at Dell EMC, a role he held for over three years.


Telecom Italia

TIM announces that Federico Rigoni was appointed Chief Revenue Officer, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, in lieu of Lorenzo Forina (who holds 50,000 TIM ordinary shares) whom the Company thanks for the significant professional and managing contribution given to the Group.

Federico Rigoni joined the Group in April, 2019 as Chief Procurement Officer, and previously held Country Manager roles at Ericsson and Nokia.
His appointment is part of a reorganisation process involving the commercial structure of the Group. The role of Chief Procurement Officer, held until today by Federico Rigoni, is temporarily held ad interim by the CEO.



Cisco has appointed Reem Asaad as its new vice president of its Middle East and Africa region.

Before joining Cisco, Asaad served as CEO of Raya Contact Center, a business process outsourcing service provider based in Cairo.



The person in charge of Microsoft’s Surface line of PCs is reportedly taking charge of the Windows technology people see when they use those Surfaces.

Panos Panay, the company’s chief product officer, who has been the face of the Surface for the past several years, is getting responsibility for Windows client — the design and functionality that users see — reporting to executive VP Rajesh Jha, as part of a broader reorg in that group. The core underlying technology is staying under executive VP Jason Zander.



Danish operator TDC has named Henrik Clausen as its new CEO.

Clausen comes with extensive experience from the telecommunications industry. From 2005 to 2010, he was CEO of Telenor’s Danish business. From 2010 to 2014, he was the chief executive of  DiGi and from 2014 to 2016 he was director of strategy and digital for Telenor on a global scale and adviser to the group’s CEO.



Greek group OTE, the majority shareholder of Telekom Romania, has named Panos Tampourlos to the board of Telekom Romania’s fixed communications unit as director for four years.

Tampourlos, who was financial director of the OTE group from 2003-2004, has since been an independent member of the OTE board. At the same meeting, the shareholders re-elected Michail Tsamaz, CEO of OTE, to the board of Telekom Romania’s fixed communications unit, Telekom Romania Communications, for a new term of four years.



Cloud analytics company Teradata has appointed Keith Budge to the newly created role of APJ executive vice president.

Budge has more than 25 years of experience in regional leadership roles for US-based technology companies. He joined Teradata from Genesys, where he served as senior vice president and APJ general manager.
Budge previously held similar roles at Ooyala, Progress Software, Pivotal (formerly Greenplum), SAP (formerly Business Objects) and Oracle.


Global Connect

On November 21, 2019, a plan to merge IP-Only and GlobalConnect was announced. Now GlobalConnect/IP-Only presents the new operational model and leadership team and begins operating as one joint company.

The Group Leadership Team will consist of the following members:

  • Martin Lippert, CEO
    Former position: CEO, GlobalConnect
  • Regina Donato Dahlström, Director of B2B Sweden
    Former position: Director of IP-Only Enterprise, B2B Sweden
  • Charlotta Rehman, Director of B2B Norway
    Former position: Sales and Marketing Director in GlobalConnect
  • Louise Hahn, Director of B2B Denmark
    Former position: Director of DataCom in GlobalConnect Denmark
  • Fredrik Borg, Director of B2C Sweden
    Former position: Director of IP-Only Consumer, B2C Sweden
  • Brynjar Andersen, Director of B2C Norway
    Former position: Director of B2C/Homenet in GlobalConnect Norway
  • Anders Kuhn Saaby, Director of Digital Solutions
    Former position: CTO in GlobalConnect
  • Carsten Bryder, Director of Operations, IT & Network
    Former position: Director of Operations in GlobalConnect
  • Jacob Kjær, CFO/Director of Finance, Insights & Legal
    Former position: CFO in GlobalConnect
  • Jannie Laurberg, Director of People, Culture & Strategy
    Former position: Director of People, Culture and Strategy in GlobalConnect
  • Kamran Alemdar, CMO/Director of Communications & Marketing
    Former position: Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at IP-Only
  • Antonia Brandberg Björk*, Director Integration & Organization
    Former position: Chief People & Performance Officer, IP-Only



Getronics has recently received further financial backing from its lenders to invest in transformation initiatives to drive long-term growth.

In connection with this announcement, Rogier Bronsgeest (COO of Getronics) and Hugo Eales will be co-leading the international business under the Getronics brand.
Rogier will continue to serve in his role as Chief Operating Officer. Hugo, former CFO of COLT Technology Services, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer.


BAI Communications

BAI Communications announced that global wireless communications executive Igor Leprince has been appointed to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer commencing 1st May 2020.

Mr Leprince has more than two decades of experience designing, building and operating wireless communications infrastructure around the world, including more than ten years at Nokia, where he was President, Global Services. His current roles include Chair of West Midlands 5G, Chair of AWTG, senior advisor for Bain & Company as well as board advisor and investor in multiple technology companies.



Comcast California has named two new vice presidents to its senior leadership team.

The appointments include Sonya Echols, Vice President of Human Resources and Mike Burnett, Vice President of Technical Operations.


Smart Communications

Smart Communications announced it has appointed Nick Smith to lead sales efforts in Asia Pacific. Smith joins Smart Communications from Informatica, where he served as managing director of ANZ, leading tremendous growth across tier one enterprise clients in both the commercial and government sectors.

Prior to joining Informatica, Smith served as Managing Director for both Pitney Bowes Software and Thunderhead, building credibility in the region for his leadership in customer communications management software.



Eng Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo, the director for engineering & communications infrastructure at the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been appointed acting executive director to replace Eng Godfrey Mutabazi.

Ssewankambo was previously the head of research and development unit as well as coordinator of the office of the executive director.



Nexthink announced the appointment of a new Chief Technology Officer, two additional board members and a new Chairman to help fuel the company’s next stage of growth and innovation.

Vedant Sampath has been appointed as Nexthink’s new CTO. Patrick Morley, SVP & General Manager for VMware Carbon Black, and René Bonvanie, EVP of Strategic Accounts for Palo Alto Networks, have joined the Nexthink Board.

Jimmy Anidjar becomes Chairman of the Board for Nexthink.


IQ Telecom

John Egazarian has been named chief operating officer for IQ Telecom, a telecommunications management firm based in Wethersfield, and will be responsible for all aspects of daily operation, business development, and customer service.

Before joining IQT, John served as COO and head of product at CÜR Media.


Great Plains Communications

Great Plains Communications, the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska, has named Tony Thakur as Chief Technology Officer.



Epsilon, a global connectivity and communications service provider, has appointed Michel Robert as its Group Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

Michel takes over from Co-Founder and former CEO Jerzy Szlosarek, who stepped down after a successful 16 years with Epsilon.



Swiss operator CKW Fiber Services has announced that the CEO of Axpo, Christoph Brand, has been appointed as a new member of its management board, effective on 01 June.

Brandt succeeds Andrew Walo, who decided to resign. The vice president of the management board Hansueli Sallenbach took over the chairmanship on an interim basis on 30 September.



Global identity verification provider Trulioo has tapped American Express (AmEx) executive Lisa Stanton to join its board of directors, Trulioo announced on Sunday (Feb. 2).

Stanton is a board advisor to the Nationwide Building Society in London and serves as an advisor to FinTech startups. She has more than 20 years of payments and digital security experience.



Braze, the comprehensive customer engagement platform, announced the appointments of Isabelle Winkles as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Tara Walpert Levy to its board of directors.


Manx Telecom

Isle of Man-based operator Manx Telecom has announced the appointment of Peter Callow as Head of Wholesale.

Peter takes over the role from Graham Shimmin, who retired exactly 40 years to the day after starting work as an apprentice with the company on December 3, 1979.



Ensono, a leading hybrid IT services provider, promotes William Flannery to COO. In his previous role as executive vice president of operations, Flannery helped expand Ensono’s operating model from regional to global, adding teams in the U.S., U.K., Poland, Germany and India.


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