Anne Bouverot is Director General and Member of the Board of the GSMA.
Anne brings to the GSMA a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. With a deep understanding of the opportunities and the challenges facing mobile operators today, she leads the GSMA in driving strategic programmes and initiatives for the benefit of its membership.
Before joining the GSMA, Anne was Executive Vice President for Mobile Services for France Telecom Orange. In that role, she defined the strategic priorities and led transformation programmes for the mobile business, and was also responsible for the selection of mobile devices sold to customers with mobile offers. In 2010, this represented more than 120 million mobile customers, 29 million new mobile phones distributed and more than 14 billion euro in revenue. She previously was responsible for international business development at France Telecom Orange, and her achievements include the privatisation of Telkom Kenya, new mobile licences in Armenia and Tunisia, and partnerships in Portugal and UAE.
Prior to France Telecom Orange, Anne led a 600-person business unit of Equant and was responsible for developing IT services for Equant’s multinational business customers. She began her career in telecommunications as project manager for Telmex in Mexico in 1991.
Anne holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.S. degree from Telecom Paris. She has served on the Board of the GSMA, representing France Telecom Orange, for the past two years. She also serves as a non-executive director of Groupama, a major French insurance company, and as a non-executive director of Edenred, the world leader of prepaid corporate services.
I have spent my career in telecommunications, and most recently, in mobile, and I don’t think I could have selected a more exciting, dynamic industry in which to work.
The developments in these areas just over the past two decades have been staggering. The first GSM call was made in 1991, and now, twenty years later, there are more than 6 billion mobile connections worldwide. And over the next ten years, mobile will connect everything in our lives, with tens of billions of connected devices.
This rapid pace of change also creates challenges for our industry, as we look to harness the power of mobile to deliver new services and capabilities to billions of people around the world, in developing and developed markets.
I received advanced degrees in both computer science and mathematics, as well as in telecommunications, so my education was quite technical in nature, and this gave me a very solid foundation for the roles that have shaped my career since.
This background prepared me for not only the technical roles that I held early in my career, such as project management, but for the business development and management positions that I have taken on since.
ICT is one of the most vibrant sectors of our global economy today, and one that affects the way people around the world work, live and play. ICT has a very broad-reaching impact, with important economic, social and even environmental ramifications.
For instance, if you look at mobile specifically, research has shown that a 10 per cent increase in mobile phone use has led to a 1.2 per cent increase in gross domestic product (GDP) in low- and middle-income countries. That is a pretty amazing impact.
How is mobile changing the world?
- It’s connecting millions of people in remote locations to the power grid for the first time;
- It’s helping doctors and patients manage life-threatening diseases such as diabetes;
- It’s helping companies across many industries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower their carbon footprints;
- It’s providing critical agricultural information and resources to farmers in the developing world.
These are just a few of the powerful examples of how technology is positively impacting the lives of millions.
By pursuing a career in ICT, you have the ability to create change, every day.