GSMA appoints Akkaraju as chief strategy officer

Natalie Bannerman
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Laxmi Akkaraji the former senior vice president of global delivery at EVRY joins the GSMA as its new chief strategy officer

Laxmi Akkaraju 160 X 186The GSMA has named Laxmi Akkaraju as its new CSO, effective as of 1 September. Akkaraju will be reporting directly to director general Mats Granryd, and will be working with operator members of the GSMA in identifying opportunities that will advance the development of the mobile communications industry.

Speaking on her new position, Akkaraju said: “I am thrilled to be joining the GSMA, particularly as we look to further extend the reach of mobile technology around the world and amplify the impact that it can have for individuals, businesses and societies. Although the mobile industry already has more than 5 billion customers, we are still in the early phases of a very long technology cycle as mobile becomes central to practically everything in our lives. I look forward to working with our members to define our path forward in this new world.”

Prior to this appointment, Akkaraju was senior vice president of global delivery at EVRY, the IT business solutions company. For them, she oversaw the offshoring services for EVRY and their clients even spending two years as country manager for EVRY’s operation in Bangalore, India. Before joining EVRY she was director of operations and professional services at Mu Dynamics, a provider of security solutions for Fortune 500 clients including communications providers, government agencies and network infrastructure companies. In addition to this, Akkaraju held various positions in consulting and management training at HolteConsulting.

“Laxmi brings to the GSMA a combination of strong international leadership and broad experience in the technology sector, both of which will be critical as she works with GSMA members in defining global strategies and initiatives that will offer collective benefit for mobile operators and the wider mobile industry,” said Granryd. “She brings more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across India, Norway and the US, and was recently recognised as one of the top 10 women leaders in technology in Norway. I am excited to have Laxmi as part of the GSMA leadership team.” GTB