European Competitive Telecommunications Association

ECTA DSM imageECTA Board elects Gijs Phoelich as new ECTA Chairman and Martin Witt as Vice-Chairman

Brussels, 15 January 2016: The ECTA Board elected Gijs Phoelich, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Eurofiber as new Chairman and Martin Witt, CEO of 1&1 and President of VATM as Vice-Chairman.

"We have a year full of challenges and opportunities ahead of us. We collectively need to seize the opportunity to create a vibrantly competitive Digital Single Market that delivers first and foremost to end-users. The beauty of vibrant competition is that it is a win-win for all: the entire sector, investors as well as end-users benefit from an effectively competitive market.” stated Gijs Phoelich, ECTA’s new Chairman. 

"We also need to meet the challenges ahead of us. Business as usual is not an option when the risk of re-monopolisation by former telecoms monopolies is so serious and imminent.” added Martin Witt, the newly elected Vice-Chairman of ECTA. "It is our responsibility to ensure that Europe does not slide back on competition. This is the most important task of the revision of the EU’s telecoms rules.”

Healthy competition is the engine of the economy. We need European regulation to ensure effective competition in broadband in order to outcompete the economic slowdown.  As bottlenecks still persist in the last mile of the fixed broadband network strong and consistent regulation is needed to inject competition and guarantee choice, innovation and affordability for end-users. Regulation also plays a very important role enabling challenger operators to invest in next generation broadband networks. 

This year will be critical and we should not miss the opportunity to build a fully Connected Europe ensuring that all end-users, citizens and businesses can reap its benefits by putting a stronger focus on enabling all players to invest and compete.

ECTA 2016 Board members are:

Meltem Anayaroglu, VP Chief Legal Officer, Turknet Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Antonello Conte, Board Member, AIIP 
Emmanuel Forest, Vice President of Bouygues Group
Ilse van der Haar, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Tele2 AB 
Massimo La Rovere, Head of Regulatory, Antitrust and EU Affairs, Wind Telecomunicazioni SPA
Jacek Niewglowski, Chief Strategy Officer, PLAY
Gijs Phoelich, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Eurofiber Netherlands BV
Tom Ruhan, adviser, Netia S.A. (alternate Director for Aneta Cielebak)
Tiziana Talevi, Director Regulatory Affairs, Fastweb SPA
Antonis Tzortzakakis, Chief Fixed Telephony Officer & New Business, WIND Hellas Telecommunications, S.A
Martin Witt, CEO, 1&1 Telecommunication SE, member of the board of United Internet and President VATM


Gijs Phoelich     Gijs Phoelich, Chairman

Gijs Phoelich is General Counsel and Company Secretary for Eurofiber Group since November 1, 2008. In this role he is responsible for (corporate) legal, public and regulatory affairs. He is a member of the management team of the Company. Gijs started his career as an in-house lawyer for one of the major Energy Companies in the Netherlands. Since 2000 Gijs is actively involved in the regulatory development of the liberalized Telecommunications market in the Benelux and Europe, working as Director legal & regulatory affairs for different European telecommunications providers. Gijs studied law (Telecommunications and IT law) at Amsterdam University and got his MBA at Rotterdam School of Management.

Martin Witt      Martin Witt, Vice-Chairman

Martin Witt has been CEO of 1&1 Telecommunication SE since April 1, 2014. He was previously a member of the Management Board with responsibility for the Access business. After heading the Access Product Management division from July 2009 to June 2011. 
In 2013, Martin Witt was elected to the Executive Committee of the German Association of Telecommunications and Value-Added Service Providers (Verband der Anbieter von Telekommunikations- und Mehrwertdiensten e. V. - VATM) and is actively engaged in the NGA Forum of Germany’s Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur) as well as the German government’s IT Summit. Martin Witt studied Physics and started his professional career as development engineer at Siemens. He is working in the field of Telecommunications since 1994 and joined 1&1 in 2009.

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ECTA (the European Competitive Telecommunications Association) is the pan-European pro-competitive trade association that represents more than 100 of the leading challenger telecoms operators across Europe. For over a decade, ECTA has been supporting the regulatory and commercial interests of telecoms operators, ISPs & equipment manufacturers in pursuit of a fair regulatory environment that allows all electronic communications providers to compete on level terms. Our members have been the leading innovators in Internet services, broadband, business communications, entertainment and mobile. 

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