CEO Profile

CEO Profile

Marwan Hayek took the helm of Alfa, the first Lebanese mobile operator managed by Orascom Telecom Media & Technology (OTMT), as its Chairman and CEO, since March 2010, putting his international experience at the service of the Lebanese telecom sector, by introducing state-of-the-art technologies and bringing Lebanon back on the regional and international telecom map. Under his leadership, Alfa led the introduction of the 3G+, 4G and 4G LTE-A technologies in Lebanon and was the first operator to launch first 5G trials and Artificial Intelligence capabilities in Lebanon in 2018.

Marwan Hayek is an experienced telecom executive with over 24 years of field and operations experience. Mr. Hayek started his career with France Telecom in Lebanon – Cellis, known currently as Alfa, where he was part of the initial team that built the first GSM network in Lebanon, before joining later on the Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) family back in 1999.

Since 1999, Hayek has held several assignments within the Orascom Telecom Group's subsidiaries and its Holding, the latest before his current appointment was in September 2007, where he joined Mobinil (Orange Egypt) that has more than 30 million subscribers, as VP Technology in charge of both network and IT infrastructure. With the winning of the Management agreement of Alfa by Orascom Telecom, in February 2009, and in addition to his position at Mobinil, Hayek was appointed on the Board of MIC1-Lebanon and Orascom Telecom Lebanon.

Prior to Mobinil, Hayek was the CTO of Mobilink-Pakistan (an Orascom Telecom subsidiary) since June 2003, where he played a major role in building an infrastructure capable of handling more than 30 million subscribers in less than four years. Between 2000 and 2002, Hayek was part of the team who built Sabafon's network in Yemen in the position of CTO managing both Technical and IT departments. Moreover, his role in business development between January 2002 and June 2003, as OTH Technical Director was substantial, where he worked on various projects and acquisitions in Africa and Asia. The work of Hayek contributed to the growth of OTH to over 120Msubs where he contributed directly to building an infrastructure capable of handling more than 60 million subscribers.

Mr. Hayek holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering from the "Faculte Polytechnique de Mons" in Belgium. He had attended and participated in several technical, IT and Management trainings including but not limited to CCL, MEIRC, HEC, INSEAD, IMD, MIT & Harvard.

Mr. Hayek is a member of the UN Global Compact Lebanon SDG Council as a Goal Leader of SDG #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. In February 2018, he was elected on the Board of Directors of SAMENA Telecommunications Council. In an honor considered the most prominent in his pioneering career, Hayek received the Order of Saint Sylvester Pope and Martyr - Commander class granted to him by his holy Pope Francis, in recognition of his contributions to the Church and public achievements.

Mr. Hayek has so far received several Industry awards in recognition of his contributions to the telecom sector’s development in Lebanon and the MENA region, among of which:

  • 2019: “Social CEO Award” at the Middle East Social Media Festival held in Beirut after obtaining the majority votes of marketing and communication experts.
  • 2018: “Paul Harris Fellow” by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of tangible assistance given for better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.
  • 2016: “Operator Telecom Leader” by leading telco publication “Telecom Review” at its annual Industry Summit gathering top telco regional and international executives.
  • 2014: “Golden Award for Leadership in Digital Economy” from “Tatweej” Academy for his contributions to the advancement of Lebanon’s digital economy.
  • 2012: “Leaders Merit Award” from the leading telco publication, Telecom Review.
  • 2012: “Visionary Entrepreneur Award” at the Business Entrepreneurship Forum.
  • 2012: “Golden Order of Merit for Leadership” from the “Arab Administrative Development Organization” (ARADO), an affiliate of the League of Arab States.
  • 2011: Pan Arab “Telecommunications Man of the Year” title by the “Pan Arab Web Awards Academy.