Clickatell's founder and CEO, Pieter de Villiers, has been named by Global Telecoms Business (gtb) as one of its “40 Under 40” executives who will likely “run the telecoms industry in 2020".
The list of 40 people in the journal's March/April issue is sponsored by KPMG and includes executives from BT, AT&T, Google, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, HP and Vodafone.
Joe Gallagher, head of telecommunications at KPMG UK, comments: "Succeeding in a changing world takes talent. I would like to congratulate the 40 individuals recognized here, who are helping to drive the future of this dynamic sector, many of whom could well be leading the behemoths of 2020.”
De Villiers founded Clickatell in 2000 and is responsible for establishing the company as a global, mobile messaging provider, enabling tens of thousands of enterprises and billions of consumers to interact, communicate and benefit greatly via their mobile phone.
Providing application-to-person, high availability, value-added messaging solutions to businesses and communities, Clickatell serves its customers in an increasingly competitive and mobile world, including small and large enterprises and Financial Institutions sending high value messages such as bank account alerts, emergency responders, Rx reminders, travel alerts and more.
“It is an honour to be recognised for the work that we’ve done for the past 10 years, and to receive this award on behalf of our hard working team around the world,” says De Villiers. “People are really just beginning to see the value of the mobile phone – something most already cannot live without. But, we’re just starting to see how mobility can change lives. From receiving travel alerts, to life saving information, the potential of the mobile phone to improve imperative daily communications and connections is extraordinary.”