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The GSMAa global organization representing mobile network operators worldwide was elected Gopal Vittal, CEO of Bharti . on Monday airtel as deputy chairman among the newly elected members, for a term of two years commencing on January 1, 2023.



Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete Lopez, CEO of Telefonica Group, will remain chairman of the GSMA, the organization said in a statement.

There are 26 members of the GSMA board. including senior representatives from global mobile operators and smaller independent operators.

“The industry is at a pivotal point right now. It is more important than ever that we work together to ensure that the true potential of the mobile ecosystem benefits people, businesses and society at large,” said Mats Granryd , director-general of GSMA. .

He added: “We are delighted to welcome the new and re-elected board members and we thank the outgoing GSMA board members for their exceptional support”.

After graduating from IIM Calcutta in 1990, Vittal joined Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), one of India’s largest FMCG companies.

In 2006 he was roped in by Sunil Mittal, founder and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, to join Bharti Airtel as head of marketing. His first stint at Airtel lasted until 2008 when he returned to HUL.

In early 2012, Vittal rejoined Bharti Airtel. In early 2013, Airtel announced that Vittal would be the next CEO of Airtel India. On March 1, he took over the position of CEO.

More than 750 mobile operators are full GSMA members and an additional 400 companies in the wider mobile ecosystem are associate members.

“I look forward to working closely with the rest of the board of directors, the GSMA leadership team and all of our members to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers,” said Lopez.

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