In the midst of a progressing tussle with the telecom controller over unpaid dues, Grameenphone (GP), yesterday designated its Deputy CEO Yasir Azman as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With the announcement, Yasir Azman will become the first-ever home-grown CEO of the largest telecom service provider of the country.
Yasir Azman has filled in as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of GP since June 2015 and furthermore as the Deputy CEO of the organization since May 2017. Prior to this, Azman was Telenor Group’s head of distribution and e-business.
Mr. Yasir is set to take charge as the CEO of GP from February 01, 2020,
According to Petter-BørreFurberg, chairman of the Board of Directors of GP,
“Yasir Azman has risen through the ranks of Grameenphone and Telenor Group, and I am very pleased that he has accepted to lead our operations in Bangladesh. He is the first home-grown CEO of Grameenphone, so this moment is extra special for everyone in Telenor and in Grameenphone.”
Yasir Azman will replace Grameenphone’s current CEO Michael Foley. According to a press release from Grameenphone, Foley is relocating to Africa, where his family is based.
Michael Foley has served as CEO of Grameenphone since May 2017. Before this, he was the CEO of Telenor Pakistan and Telenor Bulgaria.
“Michael Foley has delivered strong financial results in the years he has served as CEO and led an important digital transformation of Grameenphone. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his valuable contributions to our Bangladeshi operation and also Telenor Group,” says Furberg.
“I am excited and humbled to be offered the role as CEO of Grameenphone. I am a true believer in Digital Bangladesh and our vision of empowering societies, connecting our customers to what matters most. It helps to unleash the true potential of our country. I respect the trust of our 75 million customers, and we shall continue to bring innovation in our services and technology to serve them better”, comments Yasir Azman.