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Turkcell CEO Named as Winner of 2019 GSMA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry

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At MWC19 today, the GSMA announced that Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO of Turkcell, was selected as the winner of the GSMA’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry Award’ for 2019. This prestigious award recognises individuals, companies and organisations that have contributed in significant ways to the development of the mobile industry and the advancement of mobile communications. The award was presented to Kaan at a special ceremony held last evening.

“Turkcell’s growth and digital transformation in the last two years, and their recent financial results, are a testament to Kaan Terzioğlu’s foresight, skill and knowledge,” said Stéphane Richard, GSMA Chairman, and Chairman and CEO of Orange Group. “Additionally Kaan has been a champion for refugees and displaced people, driving the message that technology is not a luxury but a 'must-have.' I am personally very pleased to recognise this tremendous work by Kaan Terzioğlu – an astute and inspirational businessman, who has never been one to shy away from promoting the social responsibility of all businesses and who has ensured Turkcell leads by example.”

Kaan Terzioğlu is CEO of Turkcell, a company offering digital services and connectivity on mobile and fixed networks. He been CEO since April 2015 and has transformed Turkcell into a data driven company with a range of digital service brands across music, instant messaging, cloud, security and TV. Also under Kaan’s leadership, Turkcell is providing connectivity in humanitarian emergencies and disaster areas including services for over 1.4 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

Member of the GSMA Board and also serving on the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation Board, Kaan is a vocal advocate of using the power of communication to benefit disadvantaged groups, including refugees and individuals with disabilities. The company’s Hello Hope app for Syrian refugees and My Dream Companion app for visually impaired individuals have received international recognition for their empowerment.

The 2019 Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards are being presented throughout the week of MWC19. For full information on the GLOMO Awards, visit: https://www.mwcbarcelona.com/conference-programmes/global-mobile-awards/.

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About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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