Chief Executive Officer (International), SingTel
Mr Chong was appointed Chairman of the Board of Bridge Alliance in March 2013. He assumed the position of SingTel CEO, International, in January 2013 and is responsible for the growth of SingTel Group’s international affiliates, strengthening its relationships with overseas partners and driving regional initiatives for scale and synergies.
Chief Executive Officer (International), SingTel
Mr Mark Chong was appointed Chairman of the Board of Bridge Alliance in March 2013. He assumed the position of SingTel CEO, International, in January 2013 and is responsible for the growth of SingTel Group’s international affiliates, strengthening its relationships with overseas partners and driving regional initiatives for scale and synergies.
Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), the Group’s associate in Thailand. He was responsible for sales, marketing, products, network and IT as well as customer service.
He joined SingTel in 1997 and has held various executive positions in sales and marketing as well as being Executive Vice President of Networks. Before SingTel, he was a member of the Singapore Administrative Service from 1990 to 1997.
Mr Chong represents SingTel on the Boards of Globe Telecom and Bharti Infratel. He had previously represented SingTel on the Boards of OpenNet, CSLox (Thailand) and other submarine cable joint venture companies.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering and Master in Research in Electronic Systems from ENSERG, Grenoble, France, on a Singapore Government scholarship. Mr Chong also obtained his Master of Business Adminstration from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior fellow with the Singapore Computer Society.
Director, Customer Business, Bharti Airtel Limited
Mr. Srinivasan Gopalan is the Director for Consumer Business at Bharti Airtel (India) since September 2013.
In this role, Mr. Gopalan is responsible for the B2C segment of the company and will be accountable for growing revenues, margin and market share for Airtel’s India operations.
He moved into this role from Vodafone UK where he was Consumer Director and spearheaded a team of over 2500 employees. He joined Vodafone from T-Mobile, UK, where as the CMO, Mr. Gopalan has to his credit a growth delivery of over 20% EBITDA margin.
Prior to joining T-Mobile, he spent 10 years with Capital One Financial Corporation in UK in various capacities before getting elevated as the CEO & MD.
Mr. Gopalan brings with him over 23 years of experience across industry verticals. An alumnus of IIM-A, he has also worked with Accenture and Hindustan Unilever in India before moving to UK to join Capital One.
Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Info Service PLC
Mr. Wichian Mektrakarn was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Info Service PLC. in August 2006. He began his career at Advanced Info Service PLC. in 1995, serving as the Assistant and Vice President in many areas of its business, namely Network Development, Network O&M Metropolitan, Network O&M, Technical and Engineering, the latest being the Executive Vice President of Operations.
Prior to joining Advanced Info Service PLC., Mr. Wichian Mektrakarn served in several capacities with Shinawatra Group and Thaicom PLC. (formerly known as Shin Satellite PLC.).
Mr. Wichian Mektrakarn graduated from California State Polytechnic, USA in 1986 with a BSEEE – Electrical & Electronics Engineering (Cum Laude). He also attended the certificated programs; Mini MBA from Chulalongkorn University in 1995 and Advanced Executive Program from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA, in 2002.
Chief Executive Officer, CSL Limited
Phil Mottram was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CSL Limited on October 1, 2012. Phil has over 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. CSL is the leading mobile operator in one of the most competitive mobile telecommunications markets in the world, and is a subsidiary of Telstra Corporation Limited.
Based in Hong Kong from November 2010, Phil was previously the Executive Director Global Sales of Telstra Global (TG). Phil led a team of 300 people across 14 countries encompassing sales, products, marketing, pricing & customer service, and was accountable for driving revenue growth, delivering product innovation and improving customer advocacy across the globe.
Prior to joining Telstra, Phil was the Director of Sales for BT’s Openreach with a US$8b revenue target. Over a nine year period Phil held various senior executive positions with BT, gaining cross-functional experience by leading global, regional and local country sales, product management and marketing functions. While at BT, Phil also managed BT Trading Systems and BT Radianz on a global basis, as well as BT’s key Alliances with Cisco, Nortel, Microsoft & Avaya.
He was previously the European Sales Director for Sprint for three years, and spent seven years working for AT&T as a sales executive in the 1990’s.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Information Systems.
An occasional triathlete, Phil has completed the Austrian Ironman, as well as the Swiss, Florida and Monaco Half-Ironman triathlon events.
Phil lives in Hong Kong with his wife and two young children.
President & CEO, Globe Telecom, Inc.
Mr Cu joined Globe Telecom in October 2008 as Deputy CEO and was appointed President and CEO as of April 2009.
Prior to joining Globe Telecom, Mr Cu helmed SPi Technologies as its President, CEO and Vice Chairman. He steered the company to become Asia’s largest independent Business Process Outsourcing Provider, with offices around the world. In recognition of his achievements, Mr Cu was awarded the Entrepreneur of Year – Philippine Edition 2003 for the Information & Communications Technology Category.
Mr Cu holds a Master of Management Degree with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Operations Management from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Joint Chief Operating Officer, Maxis
Mr. Suren J. Amarasekera is the Joint Chief Operating Officer (JCOO) of Maxis Berhad (Maxis).
Mr. Amarasekera and Mr. Nasution Mohamed, who is also the JCOO of Maxis, provide overall leadership to the company and are responsible for its performance. They report to the Chairman of Maxis.
Mr. Amarasekera joined Maxis in 2011 and was responsible for the consumer mobile telephony business, functioning as JCOO until June 2013. He has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry of which over 13 years were with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), where he had assumed several senior management positions spanning various functions in SingTel, and 6 years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd., the mobile business of Sri Lanka Telecom.
He holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, USA and a Master of Business Administration from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Illinois, USA.
Managing Director, Customer, Optus
Mrs. Vicki Brady is the Managing Director of Optus’ Customer division and is responsible for Optus’ relationship with the customer from end to end. This includes customer care, billing, business planning and delivery, mobile marketing, customer marketing, customer experience as well as customer insights.
Mrs. Brady was previously the Managing Director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite (2008 – 2012) where she was responsible for the sales, marketing, operational, and commercial functions of the division.
Prior to heading Optus Wholesale and Satellite, Mrs. Brady was based in Singapore, where she was SingTel’s Vice President, Consumer Marketing. In this role she led all aspects of marketing including product strategy, customer relationship management, marketing communications, customer knowledge, and customer devices.
During her tenure, two notable achievements included SingTel becoming the leader in the prepaid mobile business and cementing SingTel as the leading telecom in the region with the successful launch of Mio – a quadruple play of fixed line telephony, mobile and broadband and IPTV.
Mrs. Brady has over 16 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry. She joined Optus in 1997, and held various senior positions in Marketing, Sales and Commercial for Optus Mobile before moving to SingTel in 2003. Before joining Optus, she worked at KPMG.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Brady has performed strongly within the SingTel Group and has been responsible for delivering strategic marketing campaigns and establishing a strong customer focus across the group.
She holds a Masters of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Head of Network Operations Business, SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
Mr. In Sik Park is the Head of Network Operations Business in SK Telecom, Korea’s leading mobile carrier with more than 50% market share and over 27 million subscribers, and a leading telecommunications and convergence business service provider.
Mr. Park has more than 23 years of experience at SK Group, including SK Telecom, SK Telink and SK Broadband. Known for his strong strategic expertise, in-depth understanding and insights on the IT industry, his major achievements include introducing segmentation marketing methods and Satellite DMB service, as well as building up SK Telecom’s overall global business.
Prior to his senior role at SK Telecom, he served as CEO of SK Broadband from 2000 to 2012. He was also CEO of SK Telink in 2009.
Mr. Park holds an MBA from the University of George Washington, United States.
CEO, Taiwan Mobile
Mr. Cliff Lai serves as the Co-President of Taiwan Mobile since 2011 and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Taiwan Network Information Center. Mr Lai is also the Chairman of Taiwan Internet Association. Prior to his current position, Mr Lai was the Chief Operating Officer of Consumer Business Group, responsible for all the channels sales, franchises, retail shops, open channel sales, prepaid card, acquisition & terminals marketing, brand management & customer communication and channel strategy & management for Taiwan Mobile.
Previously, Mr. Lai was the CEO of Fu Yang Media Technology, a cable TV operator, managing a cable TV business with a 650 headcount, 500,000 subscribers and US$130 million in revenue. Before that, he was Senior Vice President of Taiwan Fixed Network (TFN), in charge of Enterprise Business Unit, Residential and Individual Business Unit and New Business Development/Management, as well as Customer Service for the target segments. He was the Vice President of Mobitai Telecom, supervising sales, marketing and customer care/billing operator. As Vice President of Tecom, he was responsible for sales and marketing operations in greater China. Between year 1986-1989, Mr Lai was AT&T Bell Labs working on system Design and Standards and started his telecom career working for Fujitsu Business Communication.
Mr. Lai graduated from the National Taiwan University with a major in Electrical Engineering in 1980. He received his Masters Degree from North Carolina State University in 1983. He later received his EMBA from National Chengchi University in 2005.
President Director & Chief Executive Officer, PT. Telkomsel
Prior to his position as President Director, Mr. Alex J. Sinaga was President Director of METRA, a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk. METRA operates as a Strategic Investment Holding Company, engaged in the industry of information, media & edutainment and focused on multimedia as the 2nd curve of business.
Before joining METRA, Mr. Sinaga held many strategic positions in PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., such as Executive General Manager of Fixed Wireless Division where he headed the setup of CDMA business and led the company to a leading position in its respective market. He also served as Executive General Manager of Enterprise Service Division. Over 26 years, he has worked in a diverse range of assignments within the Telkom Group.
Mr. Sinaga graduated in Electronics Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) where he majored in Telecommunications Engineering. He holds a Master in Telematics from University of Surrey - Guildford, United Kingdom.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Alessandro Adriani was appointed CEO of Bridge Alliance in June 2012. Prior to his current position, Mr. Adriani served a decade with Vodafone in the UK and Italy. In his capacity as the Head of International Services, Mr. Adriani was responsible for the development and launch of new products, services and propositions for high-value customers globally in the consumer and enterprise segments.
Before joining Vodafone, Mr. Adriani held senior positions in Arthur D. Little, Bouygues Telecom and Telecom Italia Mobile. Mr. Adriani holds an MSc and an MBA, both from the Henley Business School, Reading University (UK). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Banking at Siena University (Italy).
Vice President, Business Development & Operations
Mr. Ken Wee assumed the responsibilities of Vice President since March 2010. He takes charge of business development, projects and IT operations.
Mr. Wee has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having joined organizations like SingTel, Glenayre and Dilithium Networks. Before joining Bridge Alliance, he was the Senior Vice President, Global Support Services with Dilithium Network, where he was responsible for charting the operating framework, strategy planning, vision and execution of the Global Support Services organisation.
Mr. Wee graduated with a honors degree in Electronics Engineering from The City University, UK.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Kris Lee joined Bridge Alliance as Chief Financial Officer in May 2008. She is responsible for the company’s financial affairs including Financial Strategy and Management, Tax and Treasury Management.
Ms. Lee brings with her more than 10 years experience in the Finance arena. Prior to her current position, she was Financial Controller in CNET Networks APAC and Assistant Vice President for MediaCorp Studios. In her earlier career, she had held positions in Telecom Equipment Pte Ltd, Sembawang Media Pte Ltd and Yamaha Music Asia Pte Ltd.
Ms. Lee graduated with an ACCA Qualification and is a Chartered Accountant. She is a fellow member of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, UK and also a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.