NGMN Alliance appoints new Board of Directors and elects Johan Wibergh as Chairman

Frankfurt / London, (PresseBox) - The Annual General Meeting of the NGMN Alliance appointed new Board Members on October 12th, 2016. The new Board Members elected for the period from 2016 to 2018 are:

Tom Keathley, SVP Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T    
Bruce Rodin, VP Wireless Networks, Bell Canada 
Ameet Shah, Group Strategy Director, BT 
Huang Yuhong, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile
Shyang-Yih Chen, President of Telecom.  Laboratories, Chunghwa Telecom
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO, Deutsche Telekom
Paul Berriman, Group CTO, Hong Kong Telecom 
Jacob Groote, VP Mobile Operations, KPN           
Seong-Mok Oh, SEVP and Head of Network Group, KT   
Armin Huewels, VP Wireless Technologies, Liberty Global          
Doug Smith, CEO, Ligado Networks          
Seizo Onoe, CTO and Member of the Board, NTT DOCOMO      
Alain Maloberti, SVP, Orange Labs Networks, Orange     
Tay Soo Meng, Group CTO, Singtel          
Jin-Hyo Park, SVP and Head of Network Technology R&D Centre, SK Telecom 
Günther Ottendorfer, COO Technology, Sprint    
Sandro Dionisi, Director of Global Advisory Services, Telecom Italia       
Enrique Blanco, Group CTO, Telefonica  
Wolfgang Fleischer, Head of Network Virtualization, Telekom Austria
Mats Svärdh, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure, Global Services & Operations, Telia Company                
Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS      
Neville Ray, EVP and CTO, T-Mobile US
Gediz Sezgin, Chief Network Technologies Officer, Turkcell
Michael S. Irizarry, EVP & CTO Engineering and Information Services, US Cellular        
Adam Koeppe, VP of Network Technology Planning, Verizon
Tommy Ljunggren, Group Director Architecture and Security, VimpelCom          
Johan Wibergh, Group CTO, Vodafone    
Peter Meissner, CEO, NGMN

At its first meeting, the Board of Directors elected Johan Wibergh from Vodafone as new NGMN Chairman. The Board also agreed to focus its work-programme in the next years on key industry areas, in particular, international 5G trials and testing, end-to-end architecture, IPR and spectrum demand. In addition, the Board highlighted its commitment to maintain and grow NGMN’s network of industry vertical representatives for the work on 5G solutions addressing future business opportunities.

In his concluding remarks, Johan Wibergh stated: “I am honoured to be appointed as the Chairman of the NGMN Board and want to express my sincere appreciation to the former Chairman Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. Under his leadership the NGMN Alliance has grown significantly and has successfully developed the widely-acknowledged NGMN 5G White Paper. I am fully committed to continue his excellent work and to contribute Vodafone’s expertise in the Alliance’s efforts to shape the 5G development in the coming years.”




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The NGMN Alliance was founded by leading international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations. The NGMN Alliance will drive and guide the development of all future mobile broadband technology enhancements with a focus on 5G. The targets of these activities are supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

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