Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, managing director and CEO of Robi, has recently been appointed as a director of Nepal's leading mobile carrier Ncell Pvt Ltd.
It is a first for a Bangladeshi corporate leader to be included in a foreign company's board of directors.
The appointment allows Ahmed to share his expertise in digital leadership with Ncell, as he has been leading from the front in Bangladesh's digital transformation as the top official of Robi.
The appointment also signifies the growing reliance on Bangladeshi talents in Axiata Group, which holds controlling stake in both Robi and Ncell, according to a statement released by Robi yesterday.
Apart from Robi and Ncell, Axiata Group also has controlling stakes in market-leading mobile and fixed operators in the region, including Celcom in Malaysia, XL in Indonesia, Dialog in Sri Lanka and Smart in Cambodia.
Ahmed is also the president of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh as president and an executive committee member of the Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He is a member of the national council of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh.
Ahmed took the helm in Robi on November 1, 2016 as the first homegrown top leader of a multinational mobile carrier.
He had worked for Robi earlier also -- as chief financial officer from September 2010 to 2014 and as chief operating officer from April 2014 to March 2016.
Before joining Robi, Ahmed spent 17 years of his career with Unilever.