As part of the preparations for its fourth meeting in Paris, the IO Executive Board welcomes Najib Khan, Ooredoo Group Chief Business Services Officer, 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.
“The rapid advancements in the mobile technologies have crossed over from basic mobile voice, data & messaging for consumers to enabling industrial automation processes using 5G and IoT. This has resulted in huge opportunities for the MNOs to play a central role in any transformational agenda across all industry segments. Innovative Operators is an ideal forum to build through cooperation and sharing of information between peers to harness this potential through experimentation and dialogue using the Accelerator labs for 5G, VoLTE and IoT roaming and connectivity labs. We can leverage our diverse footprint to add valuable insights to enrich the discussions at IO and in the same vein give back to our industry which is dear to all of us”.
Najib Khan is the Group Chief Business Services Officer (GCBSO) responsible for Ooredoo Group’s Wholesale and B2B business based at Doha, Qatar. He is part of Ooredoo Group Management and a Board Member of Ooredoo Palestine. Prior to this role, he served as MD & CEO of Ooredoo Maldives Plc and as an Executive Director in the Board of Ooredoo Maldives. Under his leadership, Ooredoo Maldives became a public limited company after a successful IPO in 2017.
In the various leadership roles, he has pioneered digital access for consumers by introducing D-I-Y consumer plans, AI BOT Digital assistant for customer service, Digital resorts application for the hospitality industry, eCommerce, mobile money applications for consumers and democratization of broadband in the underserved markets by deploying 4G & 5G mobile technologies.
He has more than 28 years’ experience in the telecoms sector and has also served as a CEO -Corporate Business for Bharti Airtel Limited before joining Ooredoo. Najib has a Bachelor of Science in Business with Marketing from University of London, an Industrial Electronics Technical degree from Mumbai University and is a Postgraduate in Business Management. He is now looking after the Wholesale and B2B business across Ooredoo Group’s global operations.
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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.