Today, Orange Armenia announced the appointment of Francis Gelibter as Chief Executive Officer of the company, following the departure of Bruno Duthoit, the founding CEO, who has led the company since January 2009.
Benoît Scheen, Executive Vice President of Europe, Orange said: “Orange is no longer a new company and a new brand in Armenia – our Armenian operation is well-established in the lives of the people of Armenia and has an important role in the economy of the country. Today, Orange is one of the best loved brands in Armenia – which was our main goal when we launched. These achievements and many others are due to the dedication and hard-work of our very strong Armenian team.”
Orange Armenia has made several notable achievements since its launch, including the introduction of HD voice; the rollout of a 42Mbps speed network in three largest cities and 21Mbps in the rest of the country; as well as delivering free WiFi on public buses and 1 AMD offers for handsets and smartphones, first in Armenia. In addition, Orange Armenia has taken a socially responsible attitude, implementing an energy saving policy and setting precise objectives in daily work for that purpose. The most iconic part of this environmental commitment is the solar base station in the south of the country. The company has been the first in the region to introduce eco-labeling of phones. Through the activities of the Orange Foundation, it cares for the disabled and vulnerable people by providing free eye care services, helping children with autism and their families and supporting community development.
Benoît continued: “With Francis Gelibter at the helm, Orange Armenia will continue to drive customer satisfaction and loyalty through innovative new services and customer care and will focus in particular on delivering services that boost usage of multimedia and the mobile internet. On behalf of the France Telecom Group, we thank Bruno for his tremendous contribution and impact on the Armenian business and we wish him every success as he takes on a new role within the Group.”
Bruno Duthoit said: “I would like to take the occasion to thank all Orange Armenia employees for these great achievements and for their dedication to our mission and company values. I would like to express my gratitude to our partners for the nice projects we’ve done together and to Armenian authorities, for their constant support. I would also like to thank all our customers, for their trust and loyalty and for using our services and appreciating our work. That’s the best reward for us. I am leaving a country that I greatly appreciated working and living in. During my time there I have had the occasion to travel throughout Armenia and I admire the nature and ancient culture of the country. Now it’s up to my successor to discover this amazing country and lead Orange Armenia to even bigger achievements. I wish him all the best. ”
Francis Gelibter said: “I am really excited to come to Orange Armenia - a young and very dynamic company in an extremely competitive market. I am impressed by the projects that Orange is carrying out and appreciate the desire to bring innovation to the broader public. I am very excited by the new challenges I face to make Orange Armenia even more successful, even stronger and even better loved.”
During his visit, Benoît Scheen, accompanied by Bruno Duthoit and Francis Gelibter, met with RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Chief of Staff of the President of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan, RA Transport and Communication Minister Gagik Beglaryan, RA Economy Vice-Minister Tigran Harutyunyan and RA Public Services Regulatory Commission Chairman Robert Nazaryan.