Islamabad—The Board of Directors of Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd. (PTCL), Pakistan’s leading telecommunication and ICT services provider, has announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Ritz as President & CEO of the PTCL Group with effect from 3rd March 2016. He succeeds Walid Irshaid, who was President & CEO of the PTCL Group since March 2007.
Azmat Ali Ranjha, Chairman PTCL Board said “I am pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Ritz will be leading PTCL through the next phase of its growth and development. I would also thank Mr. Walid Irshaid who steered PTCL during tough times and helped grow the company in challenging telecom era of Pakistan.” Commenting on his appointment as President & CEO of the PTCL Group, Dr. Daniel Ritz said: ‘I am truly excited to join PTCL. Taking over from a worthy predecessor in Walid Irshaid, I plan to position PTCL as an integrated telecom provider of Pakistan. The new position is a challenge that I plan to take on with all the enthusiasm and energy.”
Before being named as President & CEO of the PTCL Group, Dr. Daniel Ritz was working with Etisalat Group as Chief Strategy Officer to lead and direct the Group’s Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Mergers & Acquisition and Strategic Project Management functions since 2012. He also serves as Board Member of a number of Etisalat’s international subsidiaries.
Aged 50, Dr. Daniel Ritz holds a Ph.D (magna cum laude) from the Hochschule St. Gallen in Switzerland and was a visiting Ph.D student at Harvard Business School. Prior to Etisalat, he was with Swisscom as a member of the Group’s Executive Board where he also held non-executive board positions at national and international subsidiaries.