Richard Daly appointed CEO of Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone Qatar picks ex-Egypt unit chief as its new CEO.
Vodafone Qatar has named Richard Daly as its new CEO.
Vodafone Qatar has named Richard Daly as its new CEO.

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Vodafone Qatar on Saturday announced it had appointed a new CEO to replace Graheme Maher who died last November after a short illness.

Richard Daly, formerly the CEO of Vodafone Egypt and Vodafone Partner Markets, has already taken up his new role, Vodafone said in a statement.

It added that Daly was "a very experienced CEO with over 30 years experience in blue chip companies including 11 years in telecommunications".

Daly said the company priority under his reign would be to provide excellent network quality across Qatar and bring new services to customers.

Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Saud Al-Thani, Vodafone Qatar's chairman, said he was confident that Daly would take the company "to new strengths".

Daly added: "I am delighted to be here in Qatar and thoroughly looking forward to my new life here. Vodafone Qatar has been through an exciting journey since its launch in July 2009.

"I can see that the competition we have bought has already led to lower prices and improved services for the customers in Qatar."

Vodafone Qatar reported a loss of $33.6 million in the second quarter, down from $41 million in the previous three-month period.

Qatar’s second telco, launched two years ago, saw a 43% rise in its customer base year-on-year. The firm now has 761,000 mobile customers.

Revenue increased by 65% to $80m, while average revenue per user rose 11% in comparison to the same period last year to reach $32.

Daly paid tribute to Maher, acknowledging "the great success" that he and the team achieved.

"It is always exciting for an international company to operate in new territories, and we are looking forward to bringing our international experience to the market whilst at the same time adapting to the wonderful culture of Qatar," he added.

 

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