The Conference at MWC Americas will feature thought-provoking presentations from some of the mobile industry’s most influential executives, who will share their visions of the mobile industry while providing essential insights on current and future trends. The MWC Americas conference program will include a combination of keynotes, sessions, and summits, exploring the key industry trends and themes impacting the mobile market in the Americas.
By exhibiting, your company can deliver excitement with advanced product demonstrations, industry-changing announcements, and more.
At MWC Americas you will not only meet with companies in the mobile industry, but also vertical industry players including gaming, entertainment, healthcare, finance, automotive, education, consumer goods, hospitality, marketing, and more who leverage mobile as an element to embrace the digital transformation.
About the GSMA:
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series.
President and CEO
Meredith Attwell Baker joined CTIA as its President and CEO in June 2014. She brings extensive experience on spectrum issues and wireless policy and a keen understanding of how government and business must work together to drive innovation.
Prior to joining CTIA, Mrs. Baker served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal where she was responsible for developing policy positions on legislative and regulatory issues and representing those positions before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and government agencies.
Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Mrs. Baker served as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until June 2011. During her tenure, she championed a forward-looking approach to spectrum management issues as well as a flexible regulatory environment to encourage continued innovation and competition in the technology and telecommunications industries.
Prior to joining the FCC, Mrs. Baker served in the Bush Administration as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information as well as the Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While at NTIA, she facilitated the nation's historic transition to digital television, which freed commercial spectrum for wireless companies, and promoted market-based policies that encouraged innovation; served on delegations representing the United States at major international telecommunications conferences; and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from countries around the world to encourage investment in the United States.
Mrs. Baker and her husband Jamie reside in McLean, Virginia. She has four stepdaughters.
President & CEO
Samsung Electronics North America
Marcelo Claure is CEO of Sprint Corporation. He is also a member of the board of directors of SoftBank Group Corp.
Sprint is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, providing service to 54.6 million customers in nearly 200 countries around the world. Marcelo joined the company in August 2014 and is leading one of the most significant transformations in U.S. corporate history.
Marcelo is managing the business with an entrepreneurial spirit that has rejuvenated the company culture and brand. Sprint has become an aggressive, agile and innovative competitor in the wireless industry – and has committed to launching the nation’s first mobile 5G network in the first half of 2019.
Sprint has dramatically improved its products and services, increasing its national average download speed more than 60 percent year over year, according to third-party expert Ookla. The company has also reversed course from losing millions of customers to gaining millions of customers. Simultaneously, it has eliminated billions of dollars in costs and delivered record financials.
Sprint revolutionized the wireless industry by becoming the first carrier in the world to offer one simple rate plan with unlimited data, talk and text. The company has also pioneered revolutionary approaches to wireless service. Sprint Flex is the best way to get the latest phone, with flexibility to upgrade or purchase the device. And the iPhone Forever and Galaxy Forever programs allow customers to get new iPhone or Galaxy devices every year.
Marcelo embodies the successful pursuit of the American Dream. He immigrated to the United States from Bolivia and later became a U.S. citizen. In 1994, he started his first business, a small retailer of wireless phones. In 1997, he founded Brightstar as a small, Miami-based wireless distributor that he transformed into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company with revenues exceeding $10 billion and a presence in more than 50 countries. Brightstar was recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in U.S. history.
In 2014, Marcelo’s passion for soccer led him to partner with David Beckham and Simon Fuller in Miami Beckham United, a venture to bring Major League Soccer to Miami. Four years later, MLS announced it is awarding the ownership group a Miami franchise. Marcelo also owns BAISA, which operates Club Bolivar, Bolivia’s most popular and successful soccer team in national and international competition.
Marcelo is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. CNET en Español named him one of the Top 20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology for 2015, and he was recognized as 2011 Hispanic Businessman of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2016, he was among 42 individuals selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative recognizing notable contributions to the progress of our society.
Giving back to those in need is one of Marcelo’s top priorities. More than a decade ago, he and Nicholas Negroponte co-founded One Laptop Per Child, an organization dedicated to providing low-cost laptops to children in impoverished communities. At Sprint, Marcelo launched the 1Million Project, the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the homework gap for 1 million U.S. high school students who lack home internet access.
Marcelo is also chairman of CTIA – The Wireless Association and former treasurer of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit working to eliminate opportunity gaps for young men of color.