Wed 23 Sep 2009 09:47 AM
Peter Kaliaropoulos
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Peter Kaliaropoulos

Industry: Technology

Company: Bahrain Telecommunications Company

Designation: CEO

Country: Bahrain

Citizenship: Australia

Occupation: CEO

Peter Kaliaropoulos is the Group CEO of
Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco)

, the country’s incumbent operator and comfortably the largest player in an increasingly competitive domestic market. The operator enjoyed a record 2008, with net profit for the 12 months up 2.7 percent at $276.4m. But is he happy? Not really.

The
Batelco

boss is engaged in a war of words with his counterpart at the island’s Telecoms Regulatory Agency (TRA), director general Alan Horne (at number 16 on this list). Each has accused the other of abusing his position to the detriment of Bahrain’s telecoms customers, and Kaliaropoulos also argues that the TRA’s policies have stymied innovation in the market. “I had to take a step back because the TRA and I didn’t see eye to eye,” he told
Arabian Business

earlier this year. “I think they’re unfair and they’re biased and they’re totally narrow-minded.”

Such talk might make good headlines, but it also underlines Kaliaropoulos’ determination to fight his corner and defend
Batelco

’s market share. Having held various senior roles in the telecoms industry in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand, he is a seasoned scrapper - and one senses this rumble has a few rounds to go.