Government owned mobile phone operator Teletalk is in the market in search for a new experienced Managing Director. According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), prospective the Managing Director must have 5 years of experience in administration with 20 years of experience in the telecom sector. S/he must be aged between 55-65 years and is required to be a Bangladeshi citizen.
On Wednesday, according to a notice on BTRC website signed by the Deputy Secretary Engineer Sheikh Riaz Ahmed of Post & Telecommunication Ministry, the head of the institution must have an Engineering and an MBA or equivalent degrees. The prospective head will have to perform management, administrative and planning operations as part of the job and will be responsible for 750 skilled officials and workers. Final application date is set to end by 26 January.
BTRC had once more published notice for hiring a new MD before on March, 2014 but the process was eventually suspended. At the time, 12 people, including the then MD Md. Mujibur Rahman, applied for the job. During the hiring impasse, Giasuddin Ahmed took up the job as an acting MD.
He was also the project manager for Teletalk’s 3G project; He acted as Managing Director in addition to his previous responsibilities. Giasuddin Ahmed basically a Director from Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL). He is in Teletalk on deputation. He acted as acting Managing Director on more than one occasion.
Meanwhile, among the telecom operators, Teletalk has lost the most customers last year. That has been the reason for removing Giasuddin Ahmed, according to Post & Telecommunication State Minister Tarana Halim. There has also been a 5-member committee to investigate corruption allegation levied at Teletalk officials.