Ahead of the second meeting of the Executive Board of IO in Cologne, IO is pleased to announce Anis Mbarek, Global Head of Wholesale Trading at Vodafone, as the new member of the Executive Board.
Since the launch of IO in April 2021, the non-profit member organisation has focused on Roaming and Interconnect, receiving great recognition from the industry through mobile operator engagement. Roaming Projects that previously lacked focus and collaboration are now better equipped through IO labs. IO Labs has helped numerous operators to increase their awareness, be more in tune and further engage in promoting and prioritising significant roaming projects.
“We are currently facing a period of tremendous technological change driven by 5G, IoT and eSIM. This offers the MNO community a great opportunity to reposition ourselves in the wholesale value chain. Innovative Operators is an ideal platform for the MNO community to debate the challenges facing us, and to be a voice of MNOs in the GSMA community. I am very excited at the prospect of working with my fellow board members to positively influence the evolution of our industry and drive innovation for the benefit of our customers.”
Anis is a Board member of Vodafone Roaming Services in Luxembourg. As Head of its Wholesale Trading unit reporting to the CEO, he is responsible for managing the profitability of the global roaming wholesale business of the Vodafone group worldwide. Anis is also a member of the extended management team of Vodafone’s unit that manages Vodafone’s Carrier Services business.
Anis has over 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry, and has held several leadership positions in technology, procurement and roaming. Throughout his career he has built a reputation for driving operational excellence and commercial innovation.
Anis began his career in Ericsson in Germany in 1996 as a senior system designer, and joined Vodafone in the UK in 2002 as senior network architect. He subsequently took on various senior leadership roles in technology, procurement and commercial, which included international assignments in Japan and France. Anis joined Vodafone Roaming Services in 2011 to lead its AMAP region and has since taken the overall wholesale trading unit, where he re-focused the entity on providing best roaming experience while delivering commercial excellence.
Anis holds an Electrical Engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from TU Braunschweig in Germany, and has an Executive MBA from INSEAD in France.
More Executive Board members will be announced soon.
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IO brings together Mobile Operators from around the world to review best practice in International Roaming and Interconnect. Having established its member organisation in 2021, IO seeks to support the industry with workshops where mobile operators exchange best practice, IO trainings and insights which assist Mobile Operators in strategic decision making and to seek new opportunities amidst a challenging and disruptive communications environment.