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The NGMN Alliance is constituted through NGMN Ltd. with registered office in Reading, United Kingdom. NGMN Ltd. is represented and managed by a board of directors (Board). The current Board Members and their Alternates are presented below.
Chairman of the Board
CTO and Head of Technology Division, SK Telecom
Dr. Jae W. Byun is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Technology Division at SK Telecom. He is in charge of driving new growth opportunities through research and development in mobile network and converged technologies. Dr. Byun has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry since he joined Qnix in 1985. After he joined SK Telecom in 1993, Dr. Byun has contributed to the commercialization of the world's first CDMA in 1996, CDMA 2001x in 2000, EVDO in 2002, HSDPA in 2006 and HSUPA in 2009. He became Head of the Network Planning Division in 2003 and CTO in 2008. He was also elected as a board member of NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Ltd in 2008. In 2010, he joined SK Holdings as Head of Convergence Group, and became Head of the Technology Innovation Center in 2011. TIC undertakes many milestone projects for growth, including mobile healthcare business. He received a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree from Seoul National University, a Master degree in Electronic Engineering from KAIST, and Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
Global CTO, Telefonica S.A.
Mr. Enrique Blanco joined Telefónica 26 years ago and has mainly developed his professional career in Telefónica de España, S.A.U.He currently serves as Global Chief Technology Officer (GCTO) of Telefónica S.A, within the Global Resources Division.He has a degree in Physics from the University Complutense of Madrid and, later on, became PhD in Physics. He holds a Master Degree in Management (PDG) from IESE Business School (University of Navarra) and received a Master Degree in Technology from the EOI.He has held several management positions within Telefónica, including responsibilities in Telefónica International, focused on Networks and Platforms. After that, he returns to Telefónica de España, S.A.U. and joined the Direction of Operations, where he performed several Director Positions linked to the development and management Systems, Company Partners, national local Networks, and, finally, he was appointed Director of Operations and Engineering, with a team of about 18.000 employees.Mr. Blanco is a member of several Boards of Directors of Telefónica Group Companies fully or partially owned by Telefónica.
Chief Technology Officer, Telstra Corporation
Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Technology Officer for Telstra and is responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business. Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year. He was listed in the 2010 Global Telecom Business Power 100 rankings (at number 32) and was named by Smart Company as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
Head of TI Lab (Innovation and Engineering dpt),
Telecom Italia S.p.A.
Sandro Dionisi graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Sandro Dionisi has over 25 years of experience in various telecommunication fields. He started working for Telecom Italia (previously SIP) in 1983, where he has been involved in several network divisions covering different levels of responsibilities. In 1999 he was nominated head of Fixed Access and Transport Network and in 2002 he was responsible for the Regional Network Territory in Italy. In 2003 Sandro was in charge of coordinating the international network infrastructures and operations of Telecom Italia for both fixed and mobile services, including Europe and Latin America. Sandro Dionisi has been an active member of several international fora and standardization bodies within ITU and ETSI. In February 2008 he was appointed Director of Telecom Italia Lab where he is in charge of research, innovation and engineering for both fixed and mobile networks within the Telecom Italia Group.
Chief Network Operations Officer, Turkcell
Bulent Elonu, born in 1973, started his professional life in 1997 at Siemens Company and joined Turkcell in 1999. He undertook various managerial roles in Network Operations Function and served as of Transport Network Division from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Elonu was appointed as the Chief Network Operations Officer in October 2012. Prior to his current position, Mr. Elonu was the Regional Operations Marmara Division Head. Mr. Elonu graduated from the Istanbul Technical University Electrical Engineering Department.
Chief Technology Officer, TELUS
Ibrahim Gedeon is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership TELUS deployed the largest LTE cellular network to Canadians to meet the exponential data traffic growth, offering faster speeds to more than two-thirds of Canadians. Combined with 97% HSPA+ coverage, the TELUS wireless broadband network is one of the best in the world. In Q4 of 2012, TELUS successfully rolled out co-channel LTE small cells, bringing technology innovation to the next level. Ibrahim was recently the General Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Ottawa and also serves on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Washington, DC based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), the Canadian ICT Advisory Board, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business based Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM). A native of Lebanon, he has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, he received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.
Group CTIO, Tele2
He has over twenty-seven years of global experience in technology and wireless networks. His last assignments were with Bharti Airtel in India and before that with T-Mobile Germany, both as Group CTO. In these assingements Joachim was responsible for leading large-scale network modernizations in core, radio and service platforms. He was a key driver for LTE as a founding member of the NGMN initiative and by pioneering LTE in T-Mobile and Bharti Airtel. He also laid the foundation for a successful Mobile Broadband business by introducing both 3.5G HSPA and Edge in both companies. Prior to T-Mobile, Joachim Horn had various senior executive roles in both R&D and Sales, being responsible for the mobile infrastructure business at Siemens Mobile Networks (now NSN). Joachim Horn also served as a GSMA board member and was the chairman of the GSMA strategy committee.
Director of Technology Telekom Deutschland GmbH,
member of the Board of Management of Telekom Deutschland GmbH,
and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Deutsche Telekom AG within the Europe Board (acting)
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn is member of the Board of Management of Telekom Deutschland GmbH and Director of Technology at Telekom Deutschland GmbH as of April 2010. In addition, he was appointed as acting Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Since 1989, Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has held various managing positions at Deutsche Telekom AG. From 2002 to 2007, he was a member of the management team in his capacity as Managing Director of Technology, IT, Procurement and Customer Service at T-Mobile Netherlands in The Hague. At the same time, he headed the International Service Management unit at T-Mobile International. Subsequently, he was a member of the management team and Managing Director of Technology, IT and Procurement at Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa in Warsaw until June 30, 2009. Since July 1, 2009 Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has been responsible for Technology (both mobile and fixed network) in Germany.
Executive Vice President,
China Mobile Communications Corporation
Mr. Li Zhengmao is Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation. He was appointed to the position in May 2008 and currently assists the President in relation to technology, R&D, security, overseas investment issues and management of China Mobile Charity Foundation, etc.
From 1994 onwards, Mr. Li held several positions in China United Telecommunications Corporation (“former China Unicom”) as Deputy General Manager of Network Technology, General Manager of Wireless Communications, General Manager of Technology and Deputy Chief Engineer. Mr. Li was appointed Executive Director and Vice President of China United Telecommunications Limited in April 2000, and General Manager of the Yunnan Branch of former China Unicom in May 2002. In December 2003, he was appointed Vice President of former China Unicom and assisted the President in relation to value-added services, data and fixed-line value-added services, international business, etc.
Director Group Networks, Vodafone Group Services
Andy is the Group Networks Director for Vodafone, responsible for the strategy, design and equipment selection for Vodafone's network infrastructure as well as management of the national & international IP infrastructure. He joined the company in August 2007 from Eircom in the Republic of Ireland, where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Before this Andy was Chief Executive of MCI Europe & Africa. Prior to MCI he was COO of Cable & Wireless Global, leading all the Network and IT engineering and operational activities, having joined C&W UK in 1998 as CTO and Strategy Director. Andy's early career was with Nortel, holding General Management, Marketing, and Strategy roles across the world, and previous to that with Pirelli Cables for research and product development. Andy holds a degree in Materials Physics from Keble College, Oxford and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is married with two children and lives in Winchester, UK.
Senior Vice President Orange Labs Networks
Alain Maloberti graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, 1977) and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom Paris, 1979). He joined France Telecom in 1979, and has been involved since 1983 on studies and development of digital cellular networks, notably as chairman of the technical committee SMG2 of ETSI (definition of the radio aspects of the GSM system) from 1985 to 1995. He was Director of the Technical Development of the France Telecom mobile network in France from 1994 to 2003, when he became, at the corporate level of the Orange Group (mobile subsidiary of the France Telecom Group), in charge of the development of networks. In 2006, mobile and fixed operations of the FT Group where merged both at national and corporate level, and Alain Maloberti is currently Senior VP, network architecture and design, for fixed, broadband and mobile networks of Orange.
Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director of R&D Center, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
Seizo Onoe was named Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, a Member of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director of the R&D Center in June 2012. Mr. Onoe became a Senior Vice President in July 2008 while retaining his position as Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department since June 2008. He was Managing Director of the Radio Access Network Development Department from July 2006 to June 2008 and Managing Director of Radio System Development Department from December 2005 to July 2006. Mr. Onoe also held the post of Managing Director of Radio Network Development Department from June 2002 to March 2004. He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the radio access networks for the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA system, LTE and LTE-Advanced. Since 2004, he had been a strong contributor to the initiation of the standardization of LTE at 3GPP. He laid its foundation through holding numerous bilateral discussions and hosting multilateral meetings by inviting major global mobile operators and vendors. In parallel with LTE standard, Mr. Onoe took the initiative in leading the research and development at NTT DOCOMO aiming to realize its commercial service provisioning. He has also been enormously contributing his effort to the promotion of standardization of LTE-Advanced. In late 1990s, he contributed a lot to the 3G standardization especially for the harmonization among technologies. Mr. Onoe joined NTT Public Corporation in April 1982 after graduating from Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University with a master's degree in electronic science and engineering.
Chief Technology Officer, E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG
Andreas Pfisterer has been Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Management Board of the E-Plus Group since October 2012. Among his duties, he is responsible for the company's network development/infrastructure and IT systems. Andreas Pfisterer had previously served as CTO at Sunrise Communications AG, a Swiss-based telecoms operator. After his studies in computer science and business administration, followed by positions at two management consultancies with an international focus on telecommunications, Pfisterer began working at Telefónica o2 Germany in 2003 as Vice President of IS Solution Deliver in the German telecommunications market.
Senior Vice President – Network Technologies, AT&T Labs
Kris Rinne is responsible for network architecture which includes the development of the target architectures and the roadmap for our IP backbone, voice platforms, service platforms, radio access roadmap, and wireless device requirements and certification. She is also responsible for network performance analysis and industry standards development at AT&T. She also has responsibility for leading the implementation and expansion of our LTE network. Previously, Rinne served as Cingular’s chief technology officer with similar responsibilities. She earlier served as vice president—Technology and Product Realization, responsible for new product development from a technology standpoint, handset certification, and infrastructure vendor coordination. Prior to joining Cingular, she was vice president—Technology Strategy for SBC Wireless, responsible for new product development and network operations support. She has worked for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems as managing director—Operations.
Vice President Wireless Technology, Bell Canada Enterprises
Mr. Bruce Rodin is currently Vice President Wireless Technology at Bell Mobility, the wholly owned wireless division of Bell Canada. In this role, he is responsible for the development of all new wireless technologies at Bell including the establishment of strategic direction relating to spectrum acquisition, network planning and development towards LTE / SAE and beyond, services, terminal / product planning and development and the management of all Bell wireless laboratories. Mr. Rodin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston in 1980, is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and IEEE. Mr. Rodin joined Bell Mobility in 1988 and has held numerous positions with-in the strategy, development and engineering teams.
Group Strategy Director, BT plc.
Ameet is responsible for BT’s network strategy, including spectrum, fibre and the evolution of core networks. He led the re-entry of BT into mobile and plays a leading role in the planning and delivery of BT’s 4G wireless interests. He joined BT in 2012. His career prior to BT includes consulting, where he was Head of the Telecoms Strategy Practice of Accenture in London, Ericsson, and the GSM Association. He brings over 20 years of experience in wireless communications since graduating from Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge in 1985 and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 1989.
Group CTO, SingTel
Mr. Tay is the Group Chief Technology Officer of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) since September 2012, a company comprising of interests in Singapore, Australia (Optus), India (Bharti), Africa (Bharti), Philippines (Globe), Thailand (AIS) and Indonesia (Telkomsel). He is responsible for the Networks strategy, procurement, planning and operations across the Group and the technical development in our associate companies. Prior to this, Mr Tay was the Managing Director, for Optus Networks from 2008 and returns to Singapore as Managing Director, Networks from 2010. Mr Tay has supported many of SingTel’s interest across Europe, Mauritius, Norway, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam assisting in the divestment of these operations to focus SingTel in becoming Asia’s leading operator. He was the GSM Association’s Asia Pacific Chairman in 1997, and was responsible for looking after the interests of GSM operators in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Tay holds an MBA degree from the University of Leicester (England). Tay Soo Meng's contribution and achievements SingTel Networks has been pioneering LTE development in the highly dense environment of Singapore, leading the first In-Building distributed MIMO antenna system to achieve 150Mbps, as a key instrument to the small cell community. Optus has been at the forefront of the TD-LTE developments as a member of the GTI focused on developing interoperability between FDD & TDD. Whilst developing the virtualised ecosystem for LTE EPC.
Group Chief Technology Officer, VimpelCom Ltd.
Vice President, CTO, Yota Networks, Scartel Ltd.
Konstantin Yurganov graduated from St. Petersburg State Technical University. He has about 20 years of experience in various IT and telecommunication fields. He held the post of Chief Information Officer in major Russian companies, such as Pervouralsky Novotrubny Plant (2002-2006) and Gazprom-Oil JSC (2006-2007). The Microsoft Axapta ERP implementation on the Pervouralsky Novotrubny Plant was the largest in East Europe. Moreover, Konstantin in 2004 and 2006 was in the top fifteen most qualified Russian CIO, according to the data from “Kommersant” publishing house (I-One).Since 2007, almost since the establishment of the company, till present Konstantin holds the post of Vice President, CTO of Yota Networks, Scartel Ltd. His area of responsibility includes: System integration projects, network development and construction in various geographic areas, mobile technology development, technological and interoperability tests, network quality monitoring and control projects, effective network operation and engineering development projects, IT projects implementation (monitoring systems, network operation centre, network resources inventory and others) as well as technical politics and procurement processes.
Chief Executive Officer, NGMN Ltd.
Dr. Meissner has over 30 years of experience in various telecommunication fields including more than 15 years of general management responsibilities with operators of mobile communication networks. In addition, he has extensive experience in research, technology strategy and management, emerging technology assessment, innovation transfer, and organization development. From 2000 until 2006, Dr. Meissner held positions as a senior executive in Orange. He started as Chief Technical Officer with Orange Communications SA, Switzerland, and finally was responsible for Quality and Performance as Corporate Vice President with Orange SA, Paris. Prior to joining Orange, he was more than 7 years with E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH as General Manager, Systems Engineering. Since July 2006, Dr. Meissner has been running his own company as an independent business consultant, focusing on innovation, strategy, and organization development in key areas of the telecommunications industry. One of his appointments is supporting the world's leading operators and manufacturers as Chief Executive Officer of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance. Dr. Meissner holds degrees in Telecommunications from the Technical College of Lübeck and University of Hannover.