The GSMA has appointed Laxmi Akkaraju as chief strategy officer. Akkaraju most recently served as senior vice president, global delivery at EVRY.
She will join the GSMA effective 1 September and will report to GSMA director general Mats Granryd. Akkaraju will work with the GSMA’s operator members in identifying opportunities that will advance the development of the mobile communications industry.
“Laxmi brings to the GSMA a combination of strong international leadership and broad experience in the technology sector, both of which will be critical as she works with GSMA members in defining global strategies and initiatives that will offer collective benefit for mobile operators and the wider mobile industry,” said Mats Granryd. “She brings more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across India, Norway and the US, and was recently recognised as one of the top 10 women leaders in technology in Norway. I am excited to have Laxmi as part of the GSMA leadership team.”
Akkaraju added: “Although the mobile industry already has more than 5 billion customers, we are still in the early phases of a very long technology cycle as mobile becomes central to practically everything in our lives. I look forward to working with our members to define our path forward in this new world.”
Akkaraju holds an M.S degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.