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Iraq's Asiacell appoints new CEO

Ooredoo-owned Iraqi operator announces new CEO to replace Dr. Diar Ahmed

Telecoms, Operators, AsiaCell Telecommununications

Iraqi mobile operator Asiacell has named Amer Al Sunna as its new CEO. Al Sunna, who was previously managing director at Asiacell, replaces outgoing CEO, Dr. Diar Ahmed.

Al Sunna joined Ooredoo Group as CEO of wi-tribe Jordan in August 2010. The following year he was appointed as chief operating advisor of wi-tribe Philippines, before becoming MD of Asiacell in February 2013.

Al Sunna has 20 years of experience dedicated to the improvement of customer experience in telecommunications through a number of executive positions at various high profile organisations.

Sunna, who holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University, was the CEO of three specialised telecoms and Internet services companies owned by VTEL Holdings in the CIS region and was the group COO at Orange.

Asiacell, which is listed on Iraq Stock Exchange and recently completed the largest IPO in Middle East since 2008, has more than 10.5m subscribers in Iraq and its network covers almost 97% of country's populated areas.

"Amer Al Sunna will be a great asset to Asiacell and we are confident he will hit the ground running," said Faruk Mustafa Rasool, chairman, Asiacell. "We are positive that his vast experience, knowledge and understanding of the issues important to our business and telecom industry will help continue the success of our operation and ensure our success well into the future".

Ahmed, who held the CEO role for about six years, will continue to work for Asicacell as chief advisor to the chairman.