HomeConvergenceConnect44 Group accelerates business growth, appoints Francis Schmeer as Group CEO

    Connect44 Group accelerates business growth, appoints Francis Schmeer as Group CEO


    Company continues strategic measures to accelerate business growth with the new appointment

    Lucerne, Switzerland – September 14th, 2022

    Francis Schmeer, the new leader of Connect44 has significant global leadership experience across multiple sectors ranging from telecoms to healthcare technology, including experience in executive
    management roles at Sony Ericsson, OC Oerlikon and Ascom.

    “I joined the company because I believe in the enormous expansion potential of Connect44
    and ultimately because I share the same vision as the founders: to become Europe’s largest
    independent telecoms & IT engineering solutions company while keeping our very clear and
    distinct service culture”, said Francis Schmeer.

    The new Group CEO will continue the mission started by the company co-founders Leo Kidel
    and James Rogerson, over 22 years ago, and will support the business growth strategically
    as well as through enhanced operational capabilities.

    “My goal is to develop and execute an accelerated organic and inorganic growth strategy while increasing the company’s prime vendor value proposition for mobile operators, tower companies and Tier 1 network companies across Europe”, he added.

    “Ever since we founded the Connect44 Group, we have always been on a mission to deliver
    best-in-class services to our customers. In addition to the wonderful dedication of our entire
    team, we have also made important strategic and geographical investments to create the
    long-term client partnerships for which we are well known in the industry.”, added James
    Rogerson, Connect44 Co-founder.

    As part of leading the business to further success and expansion, the new Group CEO will also
    introduce technology innovations such as Digital Twin automation and digitalisation of
    customer network operations and processes. “We trust in Francis Schmeer and the
    management team to expand our footprint with ongoing innovations, while developing stateof-
    the-art solutions meant to drive increased value for our customers”, said Leo Kidel,
    Connect44 Co-founder.

    About CONNECT44
    Connect44 Group is a System Integrator in areas such as mobile solutions, fixed networks
    and enterprise services, with offices in 11 countries and over 1.200 employees. Headquartered
    in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Connect44 brand was co-founded by Leo Kidel and James
    Rogerson in 2000.

    Press contact
    Contact name: Patrik Lobergh
    Company name: Connect44 AG
    Phone number: +49 160 963 772 15
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