Telecom Career: Orange names seven MEA CEOs

Orange names CEOs for seven subsidiaries
Orange has appointed chief executives for seven of its subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East.
Brelotte Ba is now CEO of Orange Niger, succeeding Jean-Louis Branco, while Didier Charvet will take over from Thierry Marigny as chief executive of Orange’s subsidiary in Tunisia.
Michel Barré will lead Orange Madagascar, replacing Jean-Luc Bohé, who will be the chief executive of Orange Mali, succeeding Alioune Ndiaye.
Ndiaye has been appointed CEO of Sonatel in Senegal, succeeding Cheikh Tidiane Mbaye.
Nathalie Clere is now deputy CEO of Mauritius Telecom, succeeding Jean-François Thomas, who will take over the role of CEO at Jordan Telecom from Nayla Khawam.
All of the appointments will take effect by today, Orange said.
Swisscom revamps management and board
Swisscom has restructured its management team, as an attempt to strengthen the management of the company’s Swiss business and increase efficiency within the group.
As a result of the reshuffle, Mario Rossi has been named the new CFO and head of group business steering. Andreas König will take over as the new CEO of Swisscom IT Services from October 1, succeeding Eros Fregonas, who left Swisscom in April.
Rossi, a certified public accountant, will replace Ueli Dietiker, who is stepping down as CFO and will head up group related businesses and assume other directorships at Swisscom. He joined Swisscom in 1998 as head of reporting and controlling and has since held various management positions within Swisscom’s finance division.
Urs Schaeppi will take over management of Swisscom Switzerland and remain in his current role as head of corporate business ad interim. He will report to CEO Carsten Schloter, who will continue to be closely involved in topics of strategic importance for Swisscom Switzerland.
As part of the restructuring, the Swisscom Switzerland management board will be made up of Urs Schaeppi (CEO); Christian Petit (Residential Customers); Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises); Head of Corporate Business (Urs Schaeppi ad interim); Heinz Herren (Network & IT); Jürgen Galler (Group Strategy & Innovation); Jürg Pauli (Marketing); Kathrin Amacker (Group Communications & Responsibility); and representatives of the Group staff functions.
From 2013 the group executive board will comprise CEO Carsten Schloter; Urs Schaeppi (Swisscom Switzerland); Andreas König (Swisscom IT Services); Mario Rossi (Group Business Steering); Jürgen Galler (Group Strategy & Innovation); and Hans Werner (Group Human Resources).
The appointments and board changes will take effect on January 1, 2013.
Jürgen Galler also took over as head of group strategy & innovation on September 17.
Luis Alvarez to lead BT Global Services
BT has promoted Luis Alvarez to CEO of BT Global Services.
Alvarez will today take over from Jeff Kelly, who will return to the US following almost three years as CEO of the BT subsidiary. He will continue to be part of the BT team, becoming a senior executive advisor to BT in the US in a part-time capacity.
Alvarez has been with BT for 12 years in a variety of roles, and is most recently president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Small Cell Forum appoints chairman, CEO and new board
The Small Cell Forum has named Gordon Mansfield as its new chairman. He succeeds Simon Saunders, who is moving on after founding the Forum in 2007.
 Mansfield is currently executive director for small cell solutions and RAN delivery at AT&T Mobility. He has been closely involved in the Forum since 2008.
In a change to the organization’s structure, Graham Wright has been named CEO to handle the day-to-day management of the Forum’s activities.
Wright, who has previously held numerous senior roles at firms such as HP, Lucent, IBM and Intel, will assist Mansfield.
The Forum has also announced its new executive board which includes representatives from: Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, InterDigital Communications LLC, ip.access, Mindspeed, NEC Europe, Nokia Siemens Networks, Qualcomm, Radisys, Softbank, Ubiquisys and Vodafone.
Clarity appoints global sales VP
Jon Collins has joined Clarity as SVP for its global sales and alliances team.
Before joining Clarity, Collins has 30 years of experience and held senior roles in leading telecoms technology companies including Telcordia Technologies, Syndesis, AT&T, Contel ASC and Comsat UK.
He also served on the board and the executive committee of the TM Forum for 6 years.