FreeMove is headed by top executives from our four members and led by Lazaro Fernandez the General Manager.
The Supervisory Board
Responsible for setting FreeMove’s strategy, the Supervisory Board ensures that the correct resources are in place to support delivery across the four members of FreeMove.
Valérie Cussac (Orange)
Valérie Cussac, Executive Vice President of the Smart Mobility Services division within Orange Business Services, has been appointed to the FreeMove Supervisory Board as the Orange Group representative.
In her role as Executive Vice President of Smart Mobility Services, Valérie is responsible for driving digital innovation for Orange’s enterprise customers by creating links between mobile work spaces and IoT activities. Valérie is also responsible for ensuring continued excellence in the delivery of managed mobility services and connectivity for Orange’s business customers. Prior to her current role, Valérie successfully managed Orange Business Services’ mobile leadership in France and led the company’s enterprise mobile services growth in France and internationally.
Valérie, a mobile industry veteran, is a member of the Orange Business Services executive leadership team, reporting to CEO Helmut Reisinger, and holds a degree in Engineering from the École supérieure d’électricité, a leading French graduate school of electrical engineering, energy and information sciences.
Cristiano Alborè is currently Senior Director Marketing/TLC & Security Services within the Enterprise Division of TIM. Prior to this assignment, he developed extensive experience within the Sales Division from 2010 to beginning of 2020 and was responsible for IT Sales Enterprise, Regional Sales Public Sector, Regional Sales Consumer, Regional Sales Corporate. Additional professional experience as a manager ranged from ICT Operations, to Business Development , to Channel Management.
Cristiano is also Vice President of the Information Technology Section at Unindustria (Association of Companies in the Lazio region) and responsible for the development of the “Digital Innovation” project to accelerate adoption of digital technologies in SMEs. Also a member of the technical working group for the development of “Industrial IOT & Smart Manufactoring” programs, Smart Mobility, Smart City and Big Data projects in the region.
Martin Knauer is Senior Vice President of Mobile Sales Corporate Customers at Telekom Deutschland.
He is a highly experienced sales and marketing executive with international experience in the telco industry. Martin has held different managerial positions, including his previous roles as Chief Commercial Officer Consumer at T-Mobile Netherlands, Managing Director at Congstar, DT’s second brand in Germany, as well as Marketing Director at T-Mobile Deutschland.
In addition, Martin also serves as a Supervisory Board member at Deutsche Telekom Privatkunden-Vertrieb GmbH as well as Droniq GmbH, a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Flugsicherung (German air traffic control).
Pernilla Wikman is Head of Global Business at Telia Global. She joined Telia Company AB 2014 to manage the Global Portfolio- & Project Management, beside that she has lead the Technology Board and the re-design and merger of Telia Company Group Technical and Commercial structure.
Mrs. Wikman has a long career in the ICT sector and has held different Business Management and Sales Management positions within Tieto and Ki Consulting, e.g. VP, Global BU Head for Application outsourcing.
Mrs. Wikman holds a MA in Business Economics & a BA in Media and Communication Science.
In his role as General Manager of FreeMove, Lazaro is providing visible leadership and a coordinated approach, acting as the organisation’s advocate with customers, partners and stakeholders. He is responsible for expanding the scope and range of FreeMove’s portfolio of services, improving how FreeMove identifies, approaches and works with customers, and focusing on strong execution.
Lazaro has an extensive experience in the international mobile communication industry as he spent his last two decades working for major players on the market. His favorite domain is transforming business processes and customer operations in a multicultural environment.
Before joining FreeMove Lazaro has gone through several executive positions as VP Sales & Distribution for the Enterprise Line of Business for Orange Group, where he was leading an international team to steer change in the full Orange footprint, head of Operational sales and marketing, VP for Customer Care and Operations or Controlling director for the B2B business.
Lázaro is an international minded professional holding a degree in Business Administration by Madrid Autónoma University and several post graduate specializations by KU Leuven, EM Lyon or Cranfield University
Overseeing the day-to-day management of FreeMove, the Management Board guarantees a coordinated approach to managing accounts, the flawless operation of our products and the innovation of new services to our customers.
Patrick de Trez (Orange)
Patrick is Head of International Mobility Services (IMS) at Orange Business Services where he leads the development and delivery of international mobile connectivity services as well as new, value-added services including Multisourcing Service Integration (MSI) for Mobility and IoT for Orange’s multinational enterprise customers.
Prior to joining the FreeMove Management Board, Patrick represented Orange within FreeMove as Business Support Manager for 12 years.
He began his professional career in the travel agency business before becoming Director of Call Center operations for Belgium and Luxembourg for one of Europe’s most important airlines. During this period, he represented the airline as President of the Airlines Association of Belgium & Luxemburg-Customer Service/Call centers.
Patrick is a seasoned service management professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in the mobile telecommunications industry, preceded by several years in the travel industry.
Patrick is a graduate of Brussels CERIA – Management Hotel & Tourism Business.
Richard is a member of the FreeMove Management Board since 2010 and a Senior Manager within the Multinational Customers Department of TIM. As of August 2016, he was appointed to the role of Director of the FreeMove Central Program Office.
He joined TIM in the year 2000 with main responsibilities focusing on the commercial development of TIM mobile operators throughout South America and specifically in Brazil.
He was born and raised in the USA and transferred to Italy as a teenager. After achieving a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pisa, he worked as a satellite operations and technology expert for a major satellite telecommunications company based in Rome, Italy.
Following his Bachelor’s Degree in Business, he was then assigned to several roles including business planning, strategic planning, contract management, and international business development. Prior to joining TIM, he was Marketing Director for a primary global mobile satellite phone operator.
Stefan is VP Mobile Sales at Deutsche Telekom Business Solutions. His experience within Deutsche Telekom AG has been extensive, spanning 20 years. Through this exemplary career journey in B2B, Stefan has occupied key positions such as:
– Head of B2B Mobile Sales Europe, Deutsche Telekom AG
– Head of MNC Operations, T-Mobile USA
– Global Account Manager, T-Mobile Deutschland
– Key Account Manager, T-Systems International GmbH
Stefan is a result-oriented and agile thinking executive with an exceptional record of quality successes in an international business environment. He is a collaborative leader with hands-on experience building-up and steering sales operations related fields of work.
This strong blend of experience provides a unique perspective to the changing requirements of today’s business environment
Thomas is Head of International Wholesale at Telia Company group managing global roaming, messaging and M2M connectivity with more than 500 partner operators globally and his team is evenly distributed throughout the Nordic and Baltic region.
Thomas have been at Telia Company for many years and in several different roles covering sales, marketing and product management mainly in the B2B segment.
Some of the latest experiences have been as:
– VP & Head of Roaming
– Head of Market Planning
Thomas is also part of the management team for Global Business where also international partnerships, offering management and MNC business is included.
“Despite backgrounds, business needs, and cultural differences both customers and Freemove partners strive to simplify and have competitive solutions in place, to be part of such a constant developing journey is what I like!”