Qvantel appoints Jean-Marc Lazzari as CEO

Press Release
Helsinki, 6th May 2019

Qvantel, a leading provider of cloud-based BSS and Digital Native CRM solutions announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Lazzari as CEO of the company. Jean-Marc will be taking over from Ove Anebygd who will take on the role of Senior Advisor to the Board.

Chairman of the Board, Matti Roto says, “Jean-Marc is an accomplished leader with significant business experience and expertise in growing and improving international technology-based businesses in Europe and the United States. He is a people and customer-oriented individual with an adventurous spirit and a strong history of leading and bringing together highly engaged teams for shared success. We look forward to working with him as we continue the exceptional growth of our business.”

Jean-Marc Lazzari is a highly experienced, successful, and well-regarded business leader with extensive experience leading large-scale international companies, strategic planning, and operational transformations.  He has created, acquired, and developed several companies in both the telecommunication and technology industries.

Jean-Marc Lazzari says, “I am honored to have been chosen to lead Qvantel as we enter the acceleration phase of its development. With the company’s strong customer base, deep pool of talent, and robust order book, the future looks bright and exciting. I look forward to taking the company to the next level to be able to meet the challenges of the future head-on.”

To carry out his duties as the new CEO of Qvantel, Jean-Marc will move from France to Helsinki, Finland with his wife and two youngest children.

Privately held Qvantel is one of the fastest growing companies in Finland in financial, employer, and international performance. During 2015–2018, its turnover grew from EUR 28 million to EUR 94,4 million and the personnel from 250 to more than 800 today. Qvantel has also established offices across four major continents.

While on a high growth path, Qvantel has at the same time invested 20-25% of yearly revenues back into R&D and expanded geographic presence while still maintaining a healthy profit level (15-20% EBITDA).

Previous CEO Ove Anebygd joined Qvantel as CEO in February 2017 and has been instrumental in leading the company through very positive years of growth and multiple successful telecom digital transformations. The Board is pleased to announce that he will continue in the company in the role of Senior Advisor to the Board, with a focus on expanding Qvantel into new regions, growing its customer base and exploring new business partnerships.

The Board would like to welcome Jean-Marc Lazzari and thank Ove Anebygd for the 2.5 years he has served as Qvantel’s CEO and the remarkable achievements he has delivered to the company during these years.

Jean-Marc Lazzari will be based in Helsinki, Finland at the Qvantel headquarters and Ove Anebygd will be based at Qvantel’s new office in Amsterdam.

About Qvantel

Qvantel is telecom industry pioneer with decades of experience leading successful digital BSS transformations around the world with significant telcos in Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Africa. The company has offices in Finland, Colombia, Estonia, India, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Singapore, Ukraine, and the USA.

Our Digital-Native CRM software allows CSPs to fully embrace the digital age by providing a Digital-First BSS platform that simplifies processes, cuts operating costs, and unleashes their competitive potential. 

Qvantel’s offering includes a comprehensive BSS stack with multiple paths to accelerated digitalization- including full legacy transformation, greenfield, parallel brand, or hybrid approaches. We help operators set the foundation for customer-centric digital business with data driven intelligence and flexible monetization models. Our cloud-based BSS solution is powered with Micro-Services, Open APIs, and virtualized infrastructure

In 2018, Qvantel’s turnover was EUR 94,4 million and operating profit of EUR 10,0 million. The company has 860 employees. Qvantel has been listed on the London Stock Exchange’s “1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe” for the past three consecutive years.


Media Contacts:

Steven Stewart, Director of Marketing & Communications, Qvantel Oy

p. +358 (0)40 593 6084, steven.stewart(a)qvantel.com

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