TELECOM COMPANY JOINS SAMENA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2006/12/17


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December 17, 2006

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SAUDI TELECOM COMPANY JOINS SAMENA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS       Top


DUBAI, UAE — SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has joined as a SAMENA Member and that the company’s president, Engr. Saud Bin Majed Al-Daweesh shall be on its Board of Directors.

The Council, with its strengthening foothold throughout the SAMENA region, continues to gain wide acceptance amongst key telecom players and decision makers. Expressing his enthusiasm over the Council’s goals and aims, Mr. Al-Daweesh said, “it is very important for our businesses to work together to come up with solutions that would accelerate our revenue generation. New telecoms challenges are emanating from all directions, and it is imperative that we come to table and explore our options…SAMENA can help us do that.”

Being a large telecoms operator in the region, STC is ideally suited to represent operators’ interests and the growing need for introducing infrastructure advancements. SAMENA’s Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, was quick to reiterate that "we have a team of experts here who are pledging their support to SAMENA’s causes, and who are willing to provide us with their time and insights. It is great news for us. It’s great news for telcos and cellcos—their interests are what we at SAMENA are trying to project."

SAMENA Telecommunications Council welcomes STC and Engr. Saud Bin Majed Al-Daweesh.

STC, the Gulf region’s leading telecommunications operator, ranks among the world’s top ten telecom companies. Since its establishment in 1998, Saudi Telecom has consistently delivered value to its expanding customer base and has reported strong growth. This has been achieved through ambitious transformation and restructuring efforts, complemented by network extension and enhancement.

Engr. Saud Bin Majed Al-Daweesh is the president of Saudi Telecom Company, and brings with him more than 23 years’ experience in telecommunications and leadership management. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Al-Daweesh served as the president of Al-Jawal, STC’s mobile business arm. Under his able leadership and management, Al-Jawal’s customer base grew to 12 million, generating more than SR23 billion in revenues.

Mr. Al-Daweesh has played a consistent and active role in the transformation and restructuring of STC. He was also responsible for the creation of the ISP Business Unit (Saudinet) for STC, and is highly credited for introducing the Internet in Saudi Arabia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Southern California, U.S.A. and actively attends specialized training programs, organized and managed by renowned training institutions such as California Institute of Technology, USA; INSEAD, France; and IESE Business School, Spain.

About SAMENA
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined to provide its advocacy expertise to help aid the incubation of novel approaches and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization of telecommunications in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight.