Egypt’s state run telecommunications company Telecom Egypt has appointed a new non-Executive Chairman. Omar el-Sheikh took over in the role on Monday, the company said in a press release.
According to TE, Sheikh has “extensive industry experience stretching over 36 years with a particular focus on telecommunications and information technology.
“Much of his career has been spent at leading multinational and technology focused companies including Vodafone, Alcatel group, NCR Corporation and Eastman Kodad,” the statement continued.
It is hoped that the new appointment will help revitalize the company as it works to garner Egypt’s 4th mobile license sometime in the next 12 months as Egypt’s government opens the doors for a fourth operator in the country.
Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Hany Mahmoud said at a press conference discussing telecom and IT in Egypt that el-Sheikh “brings extensive experience of the global telecommunications and information technology industry to Telecom Egypt and is ideally placed to oversee the continued success of the business.”
For his part, el-Sheikh praised the company, saying it had a “proud history” as well as “an exciting future.”
“TE is well positioned to continue to deliver excellent services to its domestic and international customers, to provide regular returns to its shareholders and to offer a compelling and forward- looking place to work for its employees,” he said.