Orange's chief Stephane Richard elected GSMA chair

15 Nov 2018

Orange CEO Stephane Richard to chair GSMA

The GSMA has announced that Orange Group’s chief Stéphane Richard has been elected as its next chairman, and Chua Sock Koong, CEO of Singtel Group, as deputy chair, as the mobile carrier association elected new members of board.

Richard (pictured), who is chairman and chief executive officer of Orange Group, will oversee the strategic direction of the GSMA with its newly elected board.

He will replace Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, who will step down from the board at the end of 2018.

“Mobile operators and our wider industry have a key role to play in promoting a safer and more inclusive digital world, while building the infrastructure and services that will carry us forward as we enter this new era of intelligent connectivity,” Richard said in a statement.

“I am honored to be elected to serve as chair of the GSMA and look forward to working closely with the rest of the board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers.”

The GSMA board is comprised of 26 members, 25 of which are from mobile operators, including Susan Johnson (AT&T), Jamaludin bin Ibrahim (Axiata Group), Gopal Vittal (Bharti Airtel), Li Zhengmao (China Mobile), Liu Guiqing (China Telecom), Shao Guanglu (China Unicom), Srini Gopalan (Deutsche Telekom), Kazuhiro Yoshizawa (NTT Docomo), Mathew Oommen (Reliance Jio) and Jung Ho Park (SK Telecom).

All appointments run for a two-year term starting from January 1, 2019.

Microsoft’s Matt Vasey elected chairman and president of the OpenFog Consortium

The OpenFog Consortium has announced that Microsoft's director for AI and IoT business development Matt Vasey has been elected as chairman and president of the organization. He succeeds OpenFog co-founder Helder Antunes.

Vasey previously served as board secretary of the consortium and has been an active member of the board since OpenFog’s inception in 2015.

The OpenFog Consortium was founded to accelerate the adoption of fog computing, which addresses bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, 5G and AI applications. Its goal is to create and validate a framework for secure and efficient information processing between clouds, endpoints, and services.

Since its launch, the Silicon Valley-based consortium has grown to more than 60 organizations with OpenFog regional committees in Japan and China.

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