BARCELONA, Spain. - Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]
Mobile World Congress 2015
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(BUSINESS WIRE) - The GSMA today announced that Jamal Ibrahim, Managing Director and CEO of Axiata Group, has been named the recipient of the 2015 GSMA Chairman’s Award. This award, established in 1996, is the GSMA’s most prestigious award and recognises outstanding personal contribution to the growth and development of mobile communications around the world.
Presenting the award to Mr. Ibrahim at a special ceremony on Sunday evening, GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas commented, “On behalf of the GSMA, I congratulate Jamal on winning the Chairman’s Award. This award highlights Jamal’s outstanding leadership, commitment and significant achievements in growing and advancing the value of mobile communications across Asia, particularly Axiata’s role in driving the rollout of mobile broadband across the region. It also recognises Axiata’s long-standing support of GSMA programmes such as Green Power for Mobile, Connected Women, mHealth and Mobile Connect, among many others. Further, Jamal’s representation on the GSMA Board and service as GSMA Deputy Chair has been particularly valuable.”
“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Mr. Ibrahim. “Axiata has always been focused on staying ahead of the curve, quickly adapting to change and positioning our business model to capitalise on the developments in an increasingly digitalised world. As important, through our ‘Advancing Asia’ initiative, we are committed to our role as a responsible corporate citizen, to make a difference to people’s lives and help transform the countries in which we operate.”
As CEO of Axiata, Mr. Ibrahim has created one of Asia’s most successful mobile networks, which spans eight countries and serves over 250 million subscribers. Revenue for Axiata Group increased by 87 per cent between 2007 and 2014 to reach US$5.7 billion. One of the largest telecommunications groups in Asia with more than 20,000 employees across the region, the company ranks among the five largest companies in Malaysia.
The Chairman’s Award is part of the annual Global Mobile Awards, which will be presented at 14:30 on Tuesday, 3 March. The ceremony will be held in Auditorium 1, Hall 4, Fira Gran Via and is open to Mobile World Congress attendees from all shortlisted companies, regardless of pass type, as well as all other Mobile World Congress attendees holding Platinum, Gold, Silver or Press/Analyst passes.
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