Axiata Group Berhad, the parent company of Robi Axiata Ltd Tuesday announced the appointment of its President and Group CEO, Dato‟ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, as Deputy Chairman of the GSM Association (GSMA), the organisation representing more than 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
The appointment represents the first time that a Malaysian has held the prestigious post and the first time an ASEAN country has been represented as well. The nomination by GSMA is industry recognition of Axiata as a leading mobile group, not only regionally, but globally.
The GSMA as an organisation, formed in 1995, sets the standards and direction for the industry across the globe, from setting public policy to mobile for development. Dato‟ Sri Jamaludin, a board member since 2008, replaces Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group, as Deputy Chairman. Mr Baksaas, who served as Deputy for two years, is now the Chairman of the GSMA.
“I am deeply honoured to have been elected by the Board. In addition, I would like to congratulate Jon Frederik on his well-deserved new post as Chairman. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the board, especially during this very challenging and exciting time in the rapid evolution of the mobile industry as the world gets more and more connected. This is especially relevant given that the GSMA sets the direction for the industry as a whole” said Dato‟ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Axiata.
Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore.
The Group‟s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name „Celcom‟ in Malaysia, „XL‟ in Indonesia, „Dialog‟ in Sri Lanka, „Robi‟ in Bangladesh, „Smart‟ in Cambodia, „Idea‟ in India and „M1‟ in Singapore.
The Group, including its subsidiaries and associates, has close to 230 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2012 was USD5.7 billion. The Group provides employment to over 20,000 people across Asia. Axiata‟s vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia
Axiata was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group and the Telecom Asia Best Regional Mobile Group 2010 and 2011 for its operations in multiple Asian markets.