Turkcell appoints new CMO, as Tele2, FTTH Council get new execs

 

Turkcell, Tele2 and the FTTH Council Europe have all unveiled new senior managers, while the former Chairman of Proximus has passed away.

Turkcell has promoted Ismail Bütün to the Executive Vice President of Marketing role, effective from 1 July.

The former Nestle exec only joined the operator in January, when he was appointed as Senior Vice President of Retail Sales

According to Brand Finance’s annual ranking, Turkcell was the 28th most valuable telecoms brand in Europe last year.

However, its brand value fell 14 percent year-on-year.

Rival Turk Telecom was 25th on the list, which was headed by Deutsche Telekom.

[Read more: “I want to turn this beast into a pet,” says Turkcell Chief Customer Officer]

Meanwhile, Tele2 has appointed Guillaume van Gaver to lead its activities outside of Sweden and the Netherlands.

In his role as Executive Vice President International, the former Orange exec will oversee Tele2’s operations in the Baltics, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Austria and Germany.

President and CEO Allison Kirkby said: “[Guillaume] is a proven telecoms leader, with many years of experience from different markets and companies in the industry, showcasing great results.

“He therefore brings solid competence - and French finesse - to our Leadership Team.”

Lars Torstensson, EVP New Growth & Strategy, is to leave Tele2 after almost 10 years service.

The exec, who has also held management positions within the Investor Relations and Communications teams, is moving to cloud printing company Gelato in November.

The FTTH Council Europe has also updated its management team.

Erzsébet Fitori is the industry body’s new Director General after joining from the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, where she served has Director since 2012.

The former Head of Regulatory Affairs at Telenor Hungary will begin her new role on 1 September.

She said: “I believe that as the EU is rewriting its telecoms rules, it is crucial for fibre to have a strong voice in the political debate.

“We should work together to make Europe a global digital leader and for that we have to lay the right base now.”

Finally, former Proximus Board Chairmen Theo Dilissen has passed away after a long illness.

Dilissen, who was 62, worked at the company for 11 years.

“It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the sudden passing of Theo Dilissen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belgacom from 2004 to 2012 and Director of the Belgacom/Proximus Board until 2015,” a statement from Proximus read.

“The thoughts of Proximus' Board of Directors, management and members of staff go out to Theo Dilissen's family and friends at this difficult time.”

Former CEO Didier Bellens passed away in March.

 

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