Two top executives suddenly depart GSMA

  • Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
  • Author: Tim Maytom
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Two senior executives at the GSMA, the group which represents mobile operators worldwide, have reportedly left the organisation suddenly and with immediate effect. According to Light Reading, a website the covers the communications industry, Michael OHara, chief marketing officer and Sebastian Caballo, head of LatAm, have both departed.

According to an internal note from Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA, that was sent to all staff, both executives “have decided to leave the GSMA and Ive agreed they can do with immediate effect”. It is not clear why either decided to leave the organisation at such short notice, or if the departures are connected.

The note also outlined a temporary reporting structure for staff to follow while replacements are found, and Granryd called on staff to pull together in the lead-up to next years MWC event in Barcelona, typically the GSMAs biggest show of the year.

“As we approach Barcelona, it is important we maintain focus, despite changes in management and reporting lines,” wrote Granryd. “I know I can count on you all to deliver.”

OHara joined the GSMA in 2008 and has been a key figure in the organisations growth during his time with the group. Over the past decade, the MWC event in Barcelona has doubled in size to more than 100,000 attendees, and the group has also launched annual events in Shanghai and San Francisco. OHara oversaw the conference programmes, Mobile World Live TV service, Innovation City exhibition and all event branding, marketing and communications for the events. Caballo is also a veteran of the GSMA, having been with the organisation since 2006. His departure comes just a week after a GSMA conference in Buenos Aires, part of its Mobile 360 series.