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 & CEO - Global Voice & Data Business, Bharti Airtel Limited
As Director & CEO-Global Voice & Data Business at Bharti Airtel Ltd, Ajay is responsible to transform and execute the expansion and profitability of the Data and Voice Business globally. Adept in creating value, he drives the operations’ distribution strategy through multiple dedicated units.
Ajay is also responsible for creating Airtel’s Global Data, Voice, VAS & Roaming business roadmap, Business Development, Processes, Product Rollout, Service Capabilities enhancement and customer facing activities both in India and overseas. He is instrumental in spearheading Airtel’s growth strategy for expanding the International Infrastructure including Submarine assets and global footprint. His endeavors in the business resulted in India becoming an important transit services hub for both data and voice in the region with Airtel as a leader in this space.
Ajay was chosen by the readers of Global Telecom Business as one of the 40 most impressive leaders of the telecom industry under the age of 40 in 2011.
Ajay has held a variety of positions handling a broad spectrum of roles at leading technology organizations during the course of his career. He has over 18 years of telecom experience and has been an integral part of Bharti Airtel for over 13 years.
Ajay holds a post-graduate Degree in Electronics and a Masters in Business Management.
Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Info Service Public Company
Mr. Somchai Lertsutiwong is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Advanced Info Service PLC (AIS). He has been working for the Intouch Group for many years and is a veteran of the telecom industry.
Over two decades, Mr. Somchai has played pivotal roles in defining the course of the telecommunications industry in Thailand, and in 1992, as Vice President of Business Relations and Development, he helped bring operations into accordance with the Concession Agreement Act which functioned to coordinate the private sector with the Government’s undertakings.
In addition, Mr. Somchai also has served in other key positions of AIS namely Vice President of Wireless Service Business – in charge of all Value Added Services where he introduced the new approach to partnership model, and Executive Vice president of Marketing – supervising all marketing and sales operations where his performances have been highlighted by five consecutive years of new targets achievements. In 2010, he was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer – supervising all commercial and corporate strategies including new businesses of the company.
Mr. Somchai has also been a member of several project teams and forums which have focused on national telecommunications and information technology issues, such as the Thailand Interconnection Forum (TIF) and the Interconnection Charge in Thailand research group. He has also been a member of the IT Business and Communication Committee of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and served as a consultant for the Telecommunications Committee of the Assembly of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Somchai holds both a BA in Statistics and an MBA from Chulalongkorn University and has a certificate from the Executive Development Program.
Managing Director, Wireless Business, PCCW Limited
Mr. Midgett is the Managing Director, Wireless Business for PCCW Limited.
PCCW is the largest and most comprehensive provider of communications services in Hong Kong, offering award-winning innovation especially in Next Generation fixed line services, broadband pay-TV and Internetaccess, IP-based business services, 3G & 2G mobile and public Wi-Fi services, and large-scale IT solutions.
Mr. Midgett has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He began his career with Cable & Wireless USA, where he served in a range of technical management roles including nationwide field service operations and exchange engineering and management. After joining Hongkong Telecom’s CSL mobile team in 1989, he served in a variety of roles spanning the areas of business development, product development, government policy and regulation, and lastly overseeing the commercial line-of-business for roaming, international carrier, and wholesale services before moving to PCCW in 2007.
Mr. Midgett has also held active positions in a number of industry organizations including serving as chairman of the GSM Association, chairman of GSM Asia-Pacific, six years on the governing executive of the GSM Association, and as a member of the board of governors of the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium.
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.
Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Maxis
Nasution joined Maxis in January 2011 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 15 April 2011. In June 2013, he was appointed as Joint Chief Operating Officer, a position which he held until November 2013 when he was appointed as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer.
Nasution has 20 years of extensive business experience in Malaysia and overseas. Prior to joining Maxis, Nasution was the Managing Director/CEO of Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB). Prior to PMB, he was an Executive Director at UDA Holdings Berhad. Nasution started his career with KPMG in Australia and subsequently joined the Corporate Finance Division of Amanah Merchant Bank Berhad. He then moved on to Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad (Danaharta). Subsequent to Danaharta, Nasution joined KPMG Malaysia where he was Head of an Audit Department.
Nasution holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of New South Wales, Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).
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.
President, Taiwan Mobile
Dr. James Jeng served as Chairman and CEO of Kbro CO., LTD from February 2011 till January 2014.
Prior to joining Kbro CO., LTD, Dr. Jeng concurrently served as CTO of TWM Group, COO of Home Business Group and President of TFN Media CO., LTD. – a subsidiary company of TWM. He served as CEO of Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless – a new start up 3G mobile operator, Asia Pacific Broadband Telecom – a new fix line operator, and president of Asia Pacific Online – an Internet Service Provider.
He has been serving in executive management in the telecom industry both in Taiwan and the USA for more than 25 years. Before returning to Taiwan, he served as Executive Vice President of United Fiber Optic Communication Inc. – a subsidiary of Lucent Technology. In Taiwan, Dr. Jeng served in AT&T Bell Lab. as a research engineer for 4 years and then as Technical Supporting Manager in Greater China for another 2 years.
Dr. Jeng received his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from State University of New York in 1985 and 1982, and Bachelor of Science degree from National Cheng Kung University where he majored in Electrical Engineering in 1977.
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 in June 2012. Prior to his current position, he was Head of International Services at Vodafone in the United Kingdom and Italy, and was responsible for the development and launch of new products, services, and propositions for Vodafone’s high-value customers globally in the consumer and enterprise segments. Before joining Vodafone, Alessandro held senior positions in Arthur D. Little, Bouygues Telecom, Telecom Italia Mobile.
Vice President, Business Development & Operations
Mr. Ken Wee assumed the responsibilities of Vice President in March 2010. He takes charge of business development, projects, and IT operations. 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Kris Lee joined Bridge Alliance in May 2008 and is responsible for the company’s financial affairs including Financial Strategy and Management, and Tax and Treasury Management. Prior to her current position, she was Financial Controller in CNET Networks APAC and Assistant Vice President for MediaCorp Studios Group. Kris graduated with an ACCA Qualification and is a Chartered Accountant.
Director of Roaming
Mr. Thomas Therkildsen was appointed Director of Roaming in January 2013. He takes charge of all aspects of the roaming product strategy including portfolio and product management, benchmarking, and technical design. Prior to joining Bridge Alliance, Thomas held a number of senior sales and product management roles for MACH, TDC, Vodafone Group and Tieto.
Director of Enterprise
Mr. Michael Brecht joined Bridge Alliance in April 2013. He has more than 15 years of experience in the telecom industry. He worked for 10 years with the Vodafone Group in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Iceland in various senior marketing and business development roles. In his most recent role, he led Vodafone Group’s partnerships in Northern Europe in launching propositions for the consumer and enterprise segments.
Director, Legal & Company Secretary
Ms. Pamela Shekaran was appointed in February 2012. Prior to joining Bridge Alliance, she held senior management positions in both local and multinational corporations. She was Head of Legal & Compliance in ACE Insurance and the Legal Manager and Company Secretary of Intraco Ltd, then a listed trading company. She also has experience as a Civil Litigator in private practice and a Law Lecturer in tertiary institutions. Pamela graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and is an Advocate & Solicitor.
Director, Project Management
Mr. Antoine Cloué assumed the responsibilities of Director, Project Management in March 2011. He oversees the implementation of projects within Bridge Alliance, and coordinates the projects with the alliance members. Before his current position, he held senior project management roles in StarHub, where he focused on the implementation of new telecom and cable products (provisioning, CRM, and billing), and in CapGemini Asia where he was involved in telecom billing application deployment.