Clickatell CEO Recognized by Global Telecoms Business “40 Under 40” Sponsored by KPMG

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Pieter de Villiers Cited as One of the “Executives Who Will Run Telecoms in 2020”; Worldwide Global Telecoms Business Readers Help Make Selection

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Clickatell, provider of high-value mobile messaging, is honored to announce that Global Telecoms Business has named Clickatell founder and CEO, Pieter de Villiers, as one of its esteemed “40 Under 40” executives who will likely “run the telecoms industry in 2020.” Sponsored by KPMG, gtb’s March/April issue features the forty people, which also includes executives from BT, AT&T, Google, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Vodafone, and others.

Joe Gallagher, head of telecommunications at KPMG UK commented in the report, “Succeeding in a changing world takes talent. I would like to congratulate the 40 individuals recognized here, who are helping to drive the future of this dynamic sector, many of whom could well be leading the mobile messaging behemoths of 2020.”

De Villiers founded Clickatell in 2000 and is responsible for establishing the Company as a global, mobile messaging provider, enabling tens of thousands of enterprises and billions of consumers to interact, communicate and benefit greatly via their mobile phone. Providing application-to-person, high availability, value-added messaging solutions to businesses and communities, Clickatell serves its customers in an increasingly competitive and mobile world, including small and large enterprises and Financial Institutions sending high value messages such as bank account alerts, emergency responders, Rx reminders, travel alerts, and much more.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the work that we’ve done for the past 10 years, and to receive this award on behalf of our hard working team around the world,” commented De Villiers. “People are really just beginning to see the value of the mobile phone—something most cannot live without. But, we’re just starting to see how the mobile device can change lives. From receiving travel alerts, to life saving information, the potential of mobile to improve imperative daily communications and connections is extraordinary.”

About gtb’s 40 Under 40
gtb asked readers to provide the industry’s young leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. After making the first selection from the many nominees, we asked the shortlist if they would take part in a survey, which is published here, and a longer survey which will be published at gtb’s 40 under 40 conference and awards ceremony in September, soon to be announced.

About Global Telecoms Business
Global Telecoms Business is the only website and magazine written specifically for senior managers who run telecoms carriers worldwide. gtb provides a regular stream of online and printed news, analysis, data and features to provide strategic perspective on the issues that most affect the industry — to help executives make the right decisions for the future of their companies. gtb gives CEOs and CFOs of operators and service providers regular special reports on topics such as OSS, wireless/mobile, managed services, outsourcing, IP transformation and other topics.

About Clickatell
Clickatell enables businesses, governments and communities to leverage the ubiquity of mobile messaging to inform, alert, notify, transact, interact and share information. Delivering mobile messaging solutions since 2000, Clickatell is a global leader in mobile communications specializing in SMS messaging as a service across 815+ mobile networks in 220+ countries. Clickatell serves 10,000+ customers including several of the Fortune 500, leading governments and communities globally. Clickatell has also formed strategic partnerships with a number of industry leaders including RSA Data Security, Entrust, S1, mFoundry, Fundamo, IBM, and others. Clickatell products and services increase customer acquisition, improve loyalty and build trusted brands through direct, personal, easy, and immediate communications. Backed by Sequoia and Ethos, Clickatell is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, and has offices in South Africa.


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