CTO of the Year Awards 2021: A chance to celebrate heroes

CTO of the year

The COVID-19 crisis has put network operators and their outstanding responses to the emergency centre stage. Here's your chance to recognise their efforts.

Mobile Europe/European Communications are proud to launch our CTO of the Years Awards 2021. These prestigious Awards are now in their eighth year (see former winners below). There are two categories, and you can enter yourself or on behalf of your CTO:

Trailblazer of the Year – we are looking for a CTO (CTIO or equivalent title) with bold ideas for what a future telco should be. We were looking for a creative, pioneering leader who can demonstrate their company is offering digital services beyond connectivity.

The Gamechanger of the Year – the winner of this Award will be a CTO (CTIO or equivalent title) who excels at leveraging assets through increasingly lean, efficient and effective network operations that make use of technologies such as AI, open platforms, open APIs and an increasingly converged infrastructure and better customer experience. We are looking for CTOs who run 'business as usual' in anything but a usual way.

To download the entry form - click HERE.

Don't hesitate to email the editor, anniet@mobileeurope.co.uk with any queries. The deadline is 7 May 2021.

Those who are shortlisted will be invited to join our virtual roundtable on 9 June 2021 – which was a huge success last year, with nine of Europe's finest having a very lively and wide-ranging debate – at which the winners will be announced.

Join our prestigious former winners

As you can see, former winners have come companies big and smaller, and from group and in-country level.

Trailblazer of the Year 2020 – Micha Berger, CTO of Telenet in Belgium

Gamechanger of the Year 2020 – Catalin Buliga, CTO of Vodafone Romania

CTOs of the Year 2019 – Elmar Grasser, Sunrise Communications, Switzerland; Boris Drilisch, CTO, T-Mobile Croatia

CTOs of the Year 2018 – Johan Wibergh, Group CTO, Vodafone; Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell CTO

CTO of the Year 2017 – Yogesh Malik Group CTO, VEON, Geert Standaert, CTO, Proximus

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO Deutsche Telekom, Fotis Karonis, CTO EE and Enrique Blanco, Group CTO, Telefónica were among the winners in the first years' of the Awards.

The judges

The winners will be chosen by a panel of five judges: Caroline Gabriel, Owner & Research Director, Rethink Research; Kester Mann, Director Consumer & Connectivity, CCS Insight, Bengt Nordström, CEO, Northstream, part of Accenture; Patrick Ostiguy, Founder & Executive Chairman, Accedian; and and Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe/European Communications.

We will publish a profile of the winners, plus the highlights of the roundtable in the Q3 2021 edition of the Mobile Europe/European Communications magazine, as well online.