GSMA felicitates Robert Conway and Paul Jacobs

The GSMA today announced that it has posthumously presented former GSMA CEO Robert G Conway with the first GSMA Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr Paul E Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm has been named the recipient of the 2014 GSMA Chairman’s Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises Rob’s significant efforts in advancing the state of the mobile industry, for the benefit of mobile operators, companies across the ecosystem, governments, businesses and billions of consumers around the world. The award was presented to members of Rob’s family at a special ceremony on Sunday at Mobile World Congress.

The GSMA Chairman’s Award, established in 1995, is the GSMA’s most prestigious award and recognises outstanding personal contribution to the growth and development of mobile communications around the world.

“Rob was a tireless advocate of the mobile industry, promoting the positive work of the GSMA’s mobile operator members and championing the powerful impact and benefits of mobile around the world,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, chairman, GSMA and president and CEO, Telenor Group.

“On behalf of the GSMA’s Board and our entire membership, and as a longtime colleague and friend, I am very honoured to be able to present this important award to Rob’s family and to share our appreciation for his many achievements in this dynamic industry,” added Baksaas.

Rob was perhaps best known for his longtime leadership of the GSMA, moving the association from its initial role as a quasi-standards body into the organisation representing nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators. His 12-year tenure at the GSMA saw the dramatic and rapid evolution of the GSM family of technologies, moving from 2G networks to mobile broadband and, finally, the commercial deployments of 4G LTE.

One of Rob’s most notable achievements at the GSMA was the acquisition of the organisation’s flagship event, Mobile World Congress. Since that time, Mobile World Congress has moved from Cannes to Barcelona, where the event has flourished, becoming the industry’s must-attend annual event and drawing more than 75,000 attendees each year.

Presenting the award to Dr Jacobs at a special ceremony, GSMA chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas said, “On behalf of the GSMA, I am very pleased to name Dr Paul Jacobs as the winner of this year’s Chairman’s Award. This award recognises Paul’s long-term contribution, as well as that of Qualcomm, in delivering sustained innovation, ecosystem investment and a commitment to the convergence of technology standards for next-generation interoperability.”

On receiving the award, Dr Jacobs commented, “It’s a great honor to receive this award in recognition of innovation and growth of mobile communications worldwide. It has been gratifying and humbling to participate in the evolution of mobile in becoming become mankind’s largest technology platform which, through mobile broadband, provides information and services that improve the lives of billions of people worldwide.”

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