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Comfone secures Chairmanship at MEF EMEA BOARD
Bern, Switzerland, 19 June, 2009 – The board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) in the European, Middle Eastern and African regions has voted to elect Comfone’s EVP Sales & Marketing, Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, as Chairman following the departure of former Chairman Gerard Grech.
From the outset, Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg has been an active supporter for MEF EMEA’s activities and has been elected as MEF Vice-Chairman for the last two consecutive years. Prior to joining the board, he headed up MEF’s mobile TV initiative and was responsible for the membership consultation on the controversial EU Television Without Frontiers Directive. He has represented MEF at industry conferences and supported events in London, Istanbul and Dubai.
In his position of EVP Sales & Marketing at Comfone, Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg represents the worldwide roaming/hubbing specialist with its existing and prospective customer base in over 130 countries. Comfone, as an active supporter of various industry associations, is pleased to be prominently positioned in a chairing role at the MEF’s EMEA board. “The EMEA board is rich in regional and mobile media expertise and I am excited about the prospect of continuing to work with them to share knowledge and stimulate trade development across this diverse region,” said Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg.
“I am delighted that the succession at MEF EMEA has been so smooth, with such an excellent and experienced new leadership. I’d like to thank Gerard for his enthusiasm and vision in establishing and leading MEF EMEA, and to welcome Gerrit Jan to the Global Board,” added Andrew Bud, MEF Global Chairman.
Launched in November 2006, the chapter’s remit was extended to cover the Middle Eastern and African regions in 2008. Since inception, the chapter has responded to vital areas of European policy – over 20 issues - including the Byron Review, Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. It has also organised more than 15 trade development events and entered brand new regions such as Turkey, Russia and the Middle East; and most recently set up an EMEA regulatory committee with 30 members signing up to date.
MEF EMEA Board 2009
Chairman: Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg - EVP Sales & Marketing, Comfone
Vice Chair: Alberto Ciarniello - VP Service Innovation, Trial & Product Innovation, Telecom Italia
Ian Henderson - VP, EMEA Digital Business Development, Sony Music
Emma Kaye - CEO, Gate 7
Mark Kortekaas - FM Controller Audio, Music & Mobile, BBC
Mark Ollila - Director of Publishing, Games & Services, Nokia
Dominique Rougié - TV/Video Director, Next.com, Orange Group
Berna Samiloglu Acar - Division Head, Partnership Development, Turkcell
Raghu Venkataraman - Executive VP, Corporate Strategy & Strategic Marketing, du
Colin Yeh - Head of Group Development, Qtel Group
Comfone, provider of roaming services to over 300 operators in over 130 countries worldwide, is known throughout the telecoms industry as an international mobile roaming specialist. Comfone's industry know-how owes to over ten years of experience and customer-orientated in-house expertise.
Through its unique portfolio and additional value added services, Comfone fully optimises the setting up of each operator's roaming processes, facilitating the opportunity of reducing overall costs. The portfolio ranges from complete outsourcing of roaming to individual elements, such as signalling, hubbing, data, convergence, clearing and WLAN services. Comfone's pioneering hub solutions provide mobile operators with worldwide coverage, interconnection and clearing through only one agreement with Comfone and one connection to Comfone's central platform.
Comfone's active participation in the MEF, the GSMA Working groups, the WiMAX Forum and the Wireless Broadband Alliance ensures that its innovative solutions are market-driven. From Comfone's headquarters in Switzerland and regional offices covering Northern and Eastern Europe, Latin America, North America, Central Asia and Asia Pacific, Comfone is well placed to support and meet the requirements of its substantial worldwide customer base.
About Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF)
The Mobile Entertainment Forum was formed in 2000 to represent companies throughout the entire mobile entertainment value chain. As the global trade association of the mobile media industry, MEF works on behalf of its diverse membership to drive mobile entertainment adoption, shape regulation and deliver competitive advantage to its members.
With global headquarters in London, a Hollywood-based Americas secretariat, an Asian chapter in Hong Kong and the newly expanded EMEA branch, MEF's network of members represents a veritable 'Who's Who' of mobile entertainment businesses and entrepreneurs.
Contacts at Comfone:
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 (0) 31 341 11 62
Fax: +41 (0) 31 341 10 11
Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg
EVP Sales & Marketing
Tel: +41 (0) 341 12 38
Fax: +41 (0) 31 341 10 11
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