Mr. Yasir Azman was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 01 February 2020. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) from 26 May 2017. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) from 15 June 2015. Mr. Azman is an experienced professional with vast international experience in multiple countries and cultures. Before joining as CMO Grameenphone, Mr. Azman served as Telenor Group’s Head of Distribution & eBusiness and worked across all Telenor Operations. He has also worked in Telenor India operations as EVP & Circle Business Head for Orissa and Karnataka circles during 2010-2012. In his previous tenure in Grameenphone, Mr. Azman played a leading role to set up Grameenphone sales and distribution organisation and to transform Grameenphone distribution structure. As a CMO in Grameenphone, Mr. Azman has transformed Grameenphone towards a high performing and a digital-centric organisation. Throughout his career, Mr. Azman has a proven track record as a leader in transformation, change management and business development. He has an MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, and also attended several executive educational programmes in the London Business School and INSEAD, France
Mr. Sajjad Hasib was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) from 01 February 2020. Prior to that, he served as Head of Operations from August 2017. Mr. Sajjad brings in 20 years of Sales, Marketing and Business management experience into the management team. He started off his career in Citycell as Distribution Officer, and worked in various companies at home and abroad prior to joining Grameenphone as Area Sales Manager in 2006. In the last 14 years in GP, he rose through the ranks contributing to all major commercial successes of Grameenphone in various roles including Circle Business Head of Dhaka & Sylhet. His substantial experience in driving growth through combining analytics, growth mindset, highly engaging leadership across teams, ground-breaking market schemes and emotional intelligence makes him an ideal addition to the Management team to take the growth journey forward with agility. In his last role as Operations Head, Mr. Sajjad led several transformation programmes to modernise entire sales and circle operations bringing in industry leading digital apps, real time analytics and personalisation. During his tenure as head of Operations, Grameenphone also strengthened its Acquisition & Revenue Market Share along with consistent growth across the years. He has an MBA from University of Bedforshire (UK), Bachelors from NSU (Dhaka) and several executive education from London Business & INSEAD business school.
Mr. Jens Becker was appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective from 15 August 2019. Prior to joining Grameenphone, he served as CFO of T-Mobile Poland (formerly Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa) from 2007 to 2016 and was engaged with consultancy and entrepreneur ventures since then. During the first half of 2015 he also served as interim CEO for GTS Poland. Earlier, he was CFO at T-Online International AG from 2004 to 2007. With 20 years of experience in Deutsche Telekom Group, he has held leadership positions in Germany and Poland and was also responsible for controlling of T-Online`s subsidiaries in France and Spain, among others. Mr. Jens holds a Master´s degree (Diplom) in Geography, Economics and Business Administration from Free University of Berlin, and participated in Deutsche Telekom General Management Programme from London Business School
Mr. Rade Kovacevic was appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective from 30 January 2018. Earlier, he was serving as the Interim CTO in Grameenphone from 18 June 2017. Prior to joining Grameenphone, Mr. Kovacevic was working as Head of IT Asia (acting), Technology & Services of Telenor Group. Prior to that, he also worked as Head of Sourcing at Telenor India. He has 19 years of experience in the telecom industry, working in different senior positions. Mr. Kovacevic has an MSc in Electronics and Computer Science from University of Montenegro
Mr. Ole Bjorn Sjulstad was appointed as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer (CCAO) effective from 02 December 2018. He joined Telenor Asia Pte Ltd. Singapore, as Vice President in 2000 and served as its Managing Director from 2002 till 2004. After, relocation to Norway he served as Senior Vice President of Telenor, Asia region, until April 2007. In 2007, he joined the Telenor CEE regional unit. He led the representative office in Moscow for six years, followed by a two-year posting as Chief Corporate Development Officer in Telenor Hungary. Before Joining Grameenphone he was CEO of Telenor Bulgaria. In his more than 18 years of experience with Telenor Group he has served as a member in the Board of Directors in Grameenphone (Bangladesh), Digi (Malaysia), UCOM (Thailand) and Vimpelcom (now VEON). Prior to joining Telenor Group, Mr. Sjulstad held various leadership and project management positions within the Information and Telecommunications sector, as well as Subsea Engineering & Production business relating to the oil and gas industry. He earned his Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering degree from Kongsberg Ingeniorhogskole, Norway in 1983. In addition, he has completed the Executive Development Programme at IMD, Switzerland, in 2008
Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) effective from 12 June 2018. His journey with Grameenphone started as the Head of Leadership & People Development in mid-2013. He later went on to lead the Centre of Expertise and then Shared Services organisations within People & Organisation Division. A pioneer in the digitisation of HR, he is notable for building stronger stakeholder relationships and driving agility across the organisation. Prior to Grameenphone, he held roles of the Head of HR in Citibank N.A, and the CHRO in Airtel Bangladesh, where he led the acquisition and merger with regard to employees
with Warid Telecom. He has also worked in the USA for KBR and Aramark. An MBA graduate from IBA, University of Dhaka, Mr. Tanvir began his career as a management trainee in BAT Bangladesh, where he created his legacy by initiating the gender diversity drive, strengthening talent pipeline, employee skill development and by signing two Long Term Agreements with the CBA in his 7.5 years tenure.
Mr. Solaiman Alam was appointed as the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer (CDSO) from 01 January 2020. Mr. Solaiman has 20 years of professional experience in the FMCG and telecom industry in various roles spanning digital channel and services, marketing, product management, brand management, trade marketing and sales. A graduate from IBA, University of Dhaka, he started his career in Sales in British American Tobacco Bangladesh (2000 – 2005) after which he moved to Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, Banglalink. He played a vital role in establishing Banglalink as one of the most recognised brands in the country. He has worked directly in Brands, Product and Pricing, VAS and Internet, Research, High Value Loyalty Management, Postpaid and B2B, Mobile Financial Services (MFS) etc. When he left Banglalink in 2016, he was Director, Marketing of Banglalink. Mr. Solaiman joined Grameenphone as Director Marketing in February 2016 and in 2018, he was appointed as the Head of Digital Division to pursue the vision of establishing a Telco Digital Ecosystem. He has attended a host of courses and certifications from organisations like London Business School, INSEAD France, HFI, IDEO etc
Kazi Mahboob Hassan was appointed Chief Business Officer (CBO) effective from 28 June 2020. Previously he has served as the Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer from 1 April 2018 to 31 December 2019 and headed transformation within Enterprise Division in the interim. Prior to joining Grameenphone, he was a Senior Management Consultant at Deloitte UK responsible for leading business transformation programs for clients across a variety of sectors including Telecom, Oil & Gas, Consumer Business and Financial Services. He has also held senior positions in Finance and Marketing with IBM UK and BAT Bangladesh. He has an MBA degree from University of Oxford, is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) with professional accountancy body ACCA, UK and has a BBA degree from University of Dhaka (IBA).