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Nokia Siemens Networks appoints new chairman for Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Feb. 21, 2010
Spotlight is on user experience: Tan Sri Rainer Althoff
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 FEBRUARY 2010 - To strengthen its position in the Malaysian telecommunications industry, communications firm Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Tan Sri Rainer Althoff as chairman of its Malaysia operations.

The appointment of Tan Sri Rainer to the role of chairman is testament to Nokia Siemens Networks' long-term commitment to the Malaysian market," said Nokia Siemens Networks, South Asia, head, Lars Biese. "We believe there are key developments in the area of mobile connectivity that he will be able to add a voice to, especially in view of expectations of ubiquitous mobile connectivity and the increased focus on efficiency and network transformation in Malaysia.

Biese said Althoff would act as Nokia Siemens Networks' chief adviser to the senior level executives of Malaysian communication service providers to promote technology leadership and a sustainable industry ecosystem.

"Bringing with him more than 20 years' experience in the telecommunications industry, Tan Sri Rainer will be focusing on strengthening Nokia Siemens Networks' position as a key player in the mobile telecommunications industry in Malaysia," added Biese.

"Prior to joining Nokia Siemens Networks in Malaysia, Tan Sri Rainer Althoff was the president and CEO of Siemens Malaysia," he said. "He held this role for 10 years, from 1999 to 2009. Complementing his role at Nokia Siemens Networks, Rainer is also the current chairman of the German Leadership Network Association, Malaysia (GLN)."

Full potential of connectivity

It's a privilege to be appointed to this role, especially in an industry as exciting as telecommunications," said Althoff. "The spotlight is on user service experience, exploiting the full potential of connectivity and also on sustainability or green business sense.

As the next billion people join the connected world, the demand for affordable, sustainable services that provide immediate value will grow exponentially," he said. "In Malaysia, connectivity remains a key agenda for the government and public at large, and I believe Nokia Siemens Networks is well-placed to provide sustainable solutions and insight that reinvent the connected world and enable living networks driven by user experience and needs.