The European Competitive Telecommunications Association has appointed a former Belgian regulator as its new Executive Director.

Luc Hindryckx was chair of the Council of the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications from 2009 to 2013.

The Belgian national has also sat on BEREC’s board and served as Director of Residential Wholesale Operations and Manager of Business Markets Strategy at Telenet between 2000-2007.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he has not held a full-time position since leaving BIPT in January 2013.

ECTA represents more than 100 challenger operators across Europe.

It is an important time for the regulatory body as the European Commission looks to get its Digital Single Market reform package into law.

Its Electronic Communications Code, unveiled earlier this month, is designed to make it easier for challengers to be part of network investment projects.

Hindryckx said: “There will be many opportunities in the coming period... to demonstrate that the virtuous circle of competition has proven results on the level of investments, innovation, choice and affordable prices for end-users with benefits for the European economy as a whole.”

Gijs Phoelich, Chairman of ECTA, said: “[Luc’s] knowledge of the sector and leadership skills will be a tremendous asset to fulfil ECTA’s core values and mission and to strategically guide the association forward.”

Earlier this year, Phoelich told European Communications that the re-monopolisation of the telecoms market by incumbent operators was a “serious and imminent” risk.

The Chairman, who started his role in January, said he wanted to get ECTA more noticed in Brussels.
 
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