Former MobiNil CEO to head second operator in UAE

At the beginning of October Sultan resigned as CEO of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil), with the operator stating that he had “decided to pursue another business opportunity."

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  October 20, 2005

CommsMEA has learnt that Osman Sultan the former CEO of Orascom Telecom’s Egyptian mobile telecoms operation MobiNil, has been given the nod to head the UAE’s second operator and an official announcement is set to be made before the end of this year, or early next. Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone (TECOM) is widely tipped to be the entity that will operate the network. At the beginning of October Sultan resigned as CEO of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil), with the operator stating that he had “decided to pursue another business opportunity,” without specifying the exact nature of that opportunity. Sultan’s resignation is effective from the start of January, and MobiNil will be looking for a replacement within that time in order to ensure a smooth succession process. Sultan was appointed MobiNil president and CEO in April 1998, having held a number of management positions with France Telecom Group between 1983 and 1994. In 1994, Sultan was involved in the acquisition of a US based operation and in 1995 became president of a US based subsidiary, Questel Orbit. In 1997, Osman Sultan joined France Telecom Mobiles International as vice president for business development in charge of the Middle East and the Arab World and was in charge of putting together the MobiNil consortium bid for a GSM licence in Egypt. The MobiNil consortium succeeded in acquiring 68% of Egyptian Company for Mobile Services.

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