The SAMENA Council has announced the election of Osman Sultan, CEO - du, Ahmed El Beheiry, CEO & MD - Telecom Egypt, Tarig Hamza Zain Alabdeen, CEO - Sudatel, Marwan Hayek, Chairman & CEO - Alfa Mobile, and the re-election of Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Operations - Zain Group, and Eng. Salman Al Badran, CEO - Viva Kuwait to the SAMENA Council Board of Directors.
The SAMENA Council Board election was held during the General Assembly, organised during Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
STC was re-elected to Chair the Board of Directors, represented by its new acting Group CEO, Eng. Nasser Bin Sulaiman Al Nasser. Batelco Group was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the Board, represented by its CEO, Ihab Hinnawi. H.E. Dr. Khaled H. Biyari, who had been chairing the SAMENA Council's Board as the GCEO of STC, has now been been appointed, by Saudi Royal Decree, as Assistant Minister of Defence for executive affairs.
Earlier, Orange (Jordan), which is one of the founding members of the Board of Directors had assigned a group-level representation of Orange Group through its ambassador in the MEA, Eng. Atef Helmy, who will now occupy a seat at SAMENA Council's Board. For the occasion of General Assembly, Etisalat was represented by its GSVP - corporate communications, Dr. Ahmed bin Ali, while Omantel was represented by its CEO, Shaikh Talal Said Al Mamari.
Bocar A. BA, CEO, SAMENA Council and Board Member, said: "With the cumulative knowledge and wisdom of our previous Board, led by STC through H.E. Dr. Khaled Biyari and Batelco Group through Ihab Hinnawi, SAMENA Council succeeded in advocating the industry's fundamental priorities for inclusion in the global agenda and for drawing global focus on private-sector enablement.
“Under our new, powerful, and very dynamic leadership, with the re-election of STC as the chair, now being represented through GCEO Eng. Nasser Al Nasser, I foresee major strides in SAMENA Council being able to play its sector development partner's role and projecting its advocate’s voice for the sustainability of the digital ecosystem, for an improved business environment for telecom operators, and for facilitating next steps in the realisation of digital economies in the region.”
Bocar congratulated du, Telecom Egypt, Sudatel, Alfa (Managed by Orascom Tmt), Viva Kuwait, Zain Group, STC, and Batelco, and thanked Omantel and Etisalat for their continued leadership in the Board.
For a term of two years (2018 - 2020), the elected and re-elected Directors will occupy the Board seats, allowing their respective companies (all telecom operators) to collectively define the strategic direction of SAMENA Council's industry activities, while also representing their unique market needs and issues, which SAMENA Council will address by building co-operation and conducting collaborative activities with respective telecom regulatory authorities in the region.