Malaysian executive wins GSMA’s most prestigious award
For ‘outstanding personal contribution’ to mobile growth and development
AXIATA Group Bhd president and group chief executive officer (CEO) Jamaludin Ibrahim (pic above) has been honoured with the 2015 GSMA Chairman’s Award at the on-going Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) in Barcelona.
MWC 2015 is organised by the GSM Association (GSMA).
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, the association said in a statement.
Previous winners include China Mobile executive chairman Dr Wang Jianzhou and Qualcomm chairman and CEO Dr Paul E. Jacobs.
In 2012, Japanese mobile operators KDDI, NTT Docomo and Softbank Mobile were named joint recipients for their efforts in responding to and driving the recovery from the devastating earthquake in Japan the year before.
Presenting the award to Jamaludin at a special ceremony on the evening of March 1, GSMA chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas commented, “On behalf of the GSMA, I congratulate Jamal [Jamaludin] 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,” he added.
As CEO of Axiata, Jamaludin has created one of Asia’s most successful mobile networks, which spans eight countries and serves over 250 million subscribers, GSMA said.
Revenue for Axiata Group increased by 87% 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.
“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Jamaludin.
“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,” he added.
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