GSMA Announces Departure of CEO Rob Conway

By Gsma, PRNE
Monday, June 6, 2011

LONDON, June 7, 2011 -

The GSMA today announced that Rob Conway, the Chief Executive Officer and
Member of the Board of the GSMA, will step down as CEO effective September 1,
after leading the organisation for 12 years to become the preeminent
global body for the mobile industry.

"I am very proud of the many industry-leading initiatives and
contributions that the GSMA has made during my leadership, including the
growth of the premier industry event in the Mobile World Congress, through to
initiatives such as the Development Fund which has driven innovative
approaches to connecting people at the bottom of the economic pyramid," said
Conway. "After 12 years I feel very good that I am leaving the GSMA in the
best possible position to address the challenges and opportunities ahead."

"On behalf of the GSMA, I want to thank Rob for his many years of service
and leadership in the mobile industry," said Franco Bernabe, Chairman of the
GSMA Board and CEO and Chairman of Telecom Italia Group. "Rob has led the
GSMA during a period of tremendous growth as we have moved from 500 million
mobile connections to nearly 6 billion connections today, and has nurtured
the Mobile World Congress into an extraordinary yearly event where the mobile
industry convenes to do business. We wish Rob well as he looks to the

The GSMA Board will commence a search process to identify a new CEO.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning
219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as
well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including
handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies,
and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces
industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia

For more information, please visit Mobile World Live, the online portal
for the mobile communications industry, at or
the GSMA corporate website at

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