Wataniya Palestine appoints new CEO

Dr. Bassam Hannoun replaces Allan Richardson as chief executive of Wataniya Palestine

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Wataniya Palestine appoints new CEO Wataniya Palestine launched operations in the West Bank in November 2009. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  May 10, 2010

Wataniya Palestine, a subsidiary of Qatar's Qtel Group, has appointed Dr. Bassam Hannoun as its new CEO.

Hannoun, who joins Wataniya after heading up Qtel's Jordanian WiMAX subsidiary wi-tribe, replaces Allan Richardson, who launched Wataniya Palestine as the West Bank's second mobile operator in November 2009.

Hannoun, who has a PhD in telecoms engineering, has commercial and technical experience of developing 2G, 3G and WiMAX operations in the Middle East and Europe. He joined wi-tribe in 2007 and was instrumental in setting up its infrastructure and launching the firm.

Before becoming CEO at wi-tribe Jordan, Hannoun worked as chief sales officer for Orange Jordan. In Europe, Hannoun was responsible for the planning and optimisation of GSM networks across several different countries.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qtel Group and a board member of Wataniya Palestine, said: "We are very thankful for the leadership of Allan Richardson, who led the successful preparation and launch of Wataniya's mobile service. We are equally pleased with the appointment of Dr. Hannoun, who has the talent and experience to lead Wataniya Palestine to the next level of serving customers in Palestine."

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