ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) elects Frédéric Schepens as Vice Chair of the Board

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London, 31 January 2024: The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) announced today that its members have elected Frédéric Schepens, CEO of Bayobab Group as the Vice Chair of the GLF Board.

As Vice Chair of the GLF Board, Frédéric will play a pivotal role in the delivery of the collaborative work and strategic vision of the GLF’s members, who include many of the largest international ICT service provider carriers globally.

The Vice Chair position was created in 2022 by the GLF Board whose priorities for 2022-2024 were announced by the GLF in November 2022 within the thought-piece “Tomorrow’s Telco”. The Vice Chair will work closely with the Chair of the GLF Board, Elisabetta Romano who was elected in May 2022 and the full GLF Board to ensure that the GLF’s delivery ambitions are realised. Frédéric Schepens succeeds Obaid Rahman into the role who had held the position as the Axiata representative on the GLF Board prior to his move to du.

Frédéric Schepens has been an active and engaged GLF board member since 2019 when, under his leadership, Bayobab (then known as MTN GlobalConnect) joined the roster of GLF Board member companies. Frédéric is a seasoned leader in the international connectivity space with over 28 years of experience. As CEO of Bayobab Group he is responsible for driving the strategy of the group, he has previously held executive positions at Vodafone and BICS.

His experience building digital infrastructure and leading international connectivity businesses in a wide variety of markets will be highly beneficial to the GLF and the ongoing development and delivery of its programmes.

Upon his election to Vice Chair, Frédéric Schepens said:

"I am honoured to be elected as the Vice Chair of the ITW Global Leaders' Forum (GLF) Board. This opportunity to contribute to the collaborative efforts and strategic vision of such a distinguished group of ICT service provider carriers is truly inspiring and i thank you for your trust and confidence. Together with the esteemed Chair, Elisabetta Romano, and the entire GLF Board, we will work diligently to realise our ambitions of the 'Tomorrow's Telco.' I am looking forward to serving the international connectivity community and to meaningfully contributing to the ongoing development and success of the GLF and its impactful programmes.” 

Elisabetta Romano, Chief Network &Wholesale Officer of TIM, President of Sparkle and Chair of the GLF Board who nominated Frédéric Schepens for the Vice Chair role said:

It is a great pleasure for me personally and on behalf of the GLF Board, to congratulate Fred for his election as Vice Chair. During these years of tenure as GLF Chair I have had the opportunity to exchange with Fred many conversations and work with him on different topics, always appreciating his forward-looking, strategic mindset coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the industry. I’m sure that his strategic contribution and expertise will be of great stimulus and I’m looking forward to collaborating with him to further develop and strengthen the GLF’s role in the ICT ecosystem.”


About ITW Global Leaders’ Forum

The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) is a network of the leaders from the world’s largest International ICT service providers, who convene to discuss strategic issues and to agree collaborative activities with the aim of upholding the principle of interoperability and ubiquitous international and technological coverage. The international wholesale industry is a critical part of the global ICT ecosystem, providing the backbone that enables digital services to be distributed around the world. The GLF’s primary objective is to provide leadership and direction for the industry by advocating common priorities that improve interconnectivity so that new digital services can be delivered at scale anywhere in the world. Please visit for more information.

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Rory Forder, Membership Marketing Executive, ITW Global Leaders’ Forum

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