GSMA elects Telenor Group boss Baksaas as its new chairman


Mobile operators association deputy chairman replaces Franco Bernabè, who resigned earlier this month 

The GSMA has elected Telenor Group president and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas as its chairman for the remainder of the current board term through to December 2014.

Baksaas (pictured) replaces Franco Bernabè, who resigned as the mobile operators associations chairman on October 16.

In his new role, he will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, which represents almost 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

Baksaas has served as deputy chairman since January 2011. He has worked in the telecoms industry for 25 years and has been the CEO of Norwegian telecoms provider Telenor since 2002.

“I look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA team and our entire membership to advance important industry issues, he said. “It is truly inspiring to work in an industry that has such a profound and increasing impact on the people and societies we serve.

“Connecting even more of the world’s population to the mobile Internet is a top priority, and to address this, the GSMA will continue to focus on the future evolution of our networks, the adoption of secure and interoperable new services and advocate for the needs of our industry to governments and regulators.”

GSMA director general added: “We are at a critical juncture in the development of the mobile communications industry, as we see an ever-increasing number of people, devices and things becoming connected by mobile. I am looking forward to working with Jon Fredrik and the entire GSMA Board to develop global and regional programmes that will drive future growth and investment in mobile services, and deliver the social and economic benefits that mobile can provide to men and women around the world.”