GSMA chairman Bernabè resigns


Franco Bernabè has resigned as chairman of the GSMA less than two weeks after he quit his role as executive chairman at Telecom Italia

Mobile operators association the GSMA has confirmed that Franco Bernabè has resigned as chairman.

Under GSMA regulations, Telenor Group CEO and current GSMA deputy chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas will take on the role of acting chairman effective immediately.

An election to select a new chairman will be held in November.

GSMA director general Anne Bouverot said: “On behalf of the entire GSMA Board, I would like to express our deep gratitude to Franco for his leadership and commitment over the last three years.

“Franco has been a passionate advocate for a forward-looking and collaborative approach in addressing the challenges facing our industry, and it has been a privilege to work with him. I am now looking forward to working with Jon Fredrik, our Board and our membership to enable simple and secure digital services for men and women around the world.”

Bernabè resigned from his position as executive chairman of Telecom Italia on October 3 after clashing with the firm’s management over future strategy plans.