Grahame Maher, CEO of Vodafone Qatar, dies
Grahame Maher, CEO of Vodafone Qatar, passes away in Qatar
Grahame Maher, CEO of Vodafone Qatar, died in Doha yesterday.
Maher joined Vodafone Qatar in 2008 and had become a popular figure in the Middle East telecoms sector.
A statement released by Vodafone Qatar described Maher as a "great CEO, coach, mentor, and friend."
"We will all sorely miss his inspiration and vision, his passion and energy, and his love for all the people he worked with," the company said.
Tributes to Maher also came from Vodafone Qatar's bigger rival, Qtel Group. H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, chairman, Qtel Group, said that Maher "brought passion, energy and enthusiasm" to Qatar's telecoms sector.
"We all benefited from his tireless efforts in launching Vodafone Qatar and from his collaborative spirit and generosity," Al-Thani said in a statement.
Vodafone Qatar said that John Tombleson, chief financial officer, will step in as acting CEO of the company.
Maher had previously headed up Vodafone's operations in New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and Czech Republic.
Maher started his career in telecoms in Australia in the early 1990s when he launched one of the country's first MVNOs, along with his business partner.
Condolences will be held at Doha's W Hotel on November 3rd, 4th and 5th from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Maher is survived by a wife and two daughters.
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