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Batelco appoints Kaliaropoulos as new CEO

Kaliaropoulos has held high-profile international roles at Telstra (Australia), British Telecom (Asia Pacific), OTC (USA), StarHub (Singapore) and Clear (New Zealand). Most recently, he held the position of managing director - SingTel Optus Business, based in Sydney, Australia. Kaliaropoulos replaces outgoing CEO, Tony Hart.

Bahraini telecoms incumbent Batelco has appointed Peter Kaliaropoulos as its new CEO. Kaliaropoulos holds a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA, and comes with more than 23 years of telecoms experience in North America, Europe, the Far East and his native Australia.

Kaliaropoulos has held high-profile international roles at Telstra (Australia), British Telecom (Asia Pacific), OTC (USA), StarHub (Singapore) and Clear (New Zealand). Most recently, he held the position of managing director - SingTel Optus Business, based in Sydney, Australia. Kaliaropoulos replaces outgoing CEO, Tony Hart.

Meanwhile in Jordan, Batelco Jordan CEO, Marwan Juma, is looking forward to the prospects of his company operating as Jordan’s first individual licensee permitted to integrate voice, video and datat packages. Batelco Jordan is the result of the first merger in Jordan’s ICT sector dating back to 2001 between NETS - Jordan’s leading online service provider, First Telecommunications Group - the country’s first data communications company, and Batelco. In addition, the three-way partnership represented the first major regional investment in Jordan’s ICT sector, with Batelco now owning a majority share in Batelco Jordan.

Batelco Jordan is the country’s leading data communication and web development and hosting provider, serving tens of thousands of Jordanians, and catering to all sectors of the economy. Batelco Jordan is also the country’s second publicly listed ICT company, after Jordan Telecom.

Batelco Jordan’s products and services include the country’s largest frame relay network connecting banks, multi-branch companies and government; broadband IP connectivity in the form of leased lines and ADSL, as well as regular dialup internet, web based solutions, interactive sites and hosting services. In addition, Batelco Jordan, in partnership with Cable&Wireless, launched a global services node, providing large multinationals, banks and other institutions with reliable, secure global connectivity.

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