Frankfurt, GERMANY, 15th October, 2020 – The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance announces its new Board Chairman and changes to the Board Members for the new term 2020-2022.

Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, Group CTO of Orange and former Chairman of the NGMN Board, hands over the reins to the new Chairman Arash Ashouriha, SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom.

New NGMN Chairman: Arash Ashouriha, SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom

New NGMN Chairman: Arash Ashouriha, SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom

Under Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon’s direction, NGMN successfully initiated the enhancement of 5G within the ecosystem and, among others, initiated and published the 5G White Paper 2. Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon said: “It has been a pleasure heading the NGMN Alliance as many operators launched 5G. As we continue to deploy and further develop 5G to maximize the benefit of its potential, our goal is to remain at the forefront of next generation mobile networks. Therefore, I gladly hand over the leadership to my highly respected colleague Arash Ashouriha, who will continue to strengthen and drive the NGMN Alliance forward.”

Arash Ashouriha said: “I am honoured to be taking over as NGMN Board Chairman during these challenging but very exciting times for our industry. My goal is to continue enabling network operators to unleash the full 5G potential and to lead the Alliance into the future of next generation mobile networks.”

Anita Döhler, CEO, NGMN Alliance said: “I would like to thank Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon for his great leadership and dedication over the past 2 years. We have a lot of work ahead of us and are confident that we will continue to follow the successful path with Arash Ashouriha’s direction and Deutsche Telekom as a strong member partner.”

The voting occurred unanimously during the Board meeting.

Notes to Editor

NGMN Board for 2020-2022:
Chairman: Arash Ashouriha (SVP Group Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom)

Wolfgang Fleischer (Head of Network Virtualization, A1 Group)
Bruce Rodin (VP Wireless Networks, Bell Canada)
Howard Watson (Group CTIO, BT)
Huang Yuhong (Deputy General Manager China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile)
Hey-Chyi Young (VP of Chunghwa Telecom Labs, Chunghwa Telecom)
Joachim Gross (VP Planning & Engineering, 1&1 Drillisch)
Paul Berriman (Group CTO, Hongkong Telecom)
Tom Poelhekken (CTO, KPN)
Anita Döhler (CEO, NGMN)
Naoki Tani (EVP,CTO, EGM of R&D Innovation Division, NTT DOCOMO Inc.)
Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon (Group CTO, Orange)
Mark Chin Kok Chong (Group CTO, Singtel)
Takki Yu (Head of Access Network Development Team, SK Telecom)
Arvin Siena (VP and Head of Technology Strategy and Transformation Office of PLDT and Smart)
Andrea Calvi (Head of Technology Evolution & Innovation, TIM)
Thomas Helbo (CTO, EVP Technology, Tele2)
Bernard Bureau (VP Network and Architecture Strategy, Chief Technology Office, TELUS)
Ulf Ewaldsson (SVP, Chief Network Officer, T-Mobile US)
Gediz Sezgin (Chief Network Technologies Officer, Turkcell)
Michael Irizarry (EVP & CTO Engineering and Information Services, US Cellular)
Luke Ibbetson (Group R&D Director, Vodafone)


About NGMN Alliance (
The NGMN Alliance was founded by leading international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations.

The focus of the NGMN Alliance is on the development of 5G supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

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