The Team

Mr. Thomas Hundt

Chief Executive Officer

Thomas has gained vast experience in the telecommunications industry during his tenure in key management positions with Siemens AG's Communication Division and Nokia Siemens Networks. Thomas was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Azerfon in Azerbaijan. Since mid-2008, he has been CEO of the dynamically growing start-up mobile operator in Cambodia, Smart Mobile, which he grew from greenfield, number eight position in the market to number three position, including through the acquisition of Star-Cell in 2011.

Since the completion of the merger between Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile in February 2013, Thomas serves as the CEO of Smart, now one of the leading mobile operator in Cambodia.

Mr. Kanishka Wickrama

Chief Financial Officer

Kanishka Wickrama is the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Axiata Co., Ltd which is operating under the brand name “Smart” (Which is a subsidiary of Axiata Group) , is the 2nd largest mobile operating company in Cambodia.  Kanishka has been with Axiata group for more than 7 years in different roles in different operations in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Kanishka, who joined Dialog in Sri Lanka in 2007, brings with him more than 9 years of working experience. Before being promoted as CFO of Smart in January 2014, he spent 1 year as the Assistant Vice President/Senior Specialist, Corporate Development at the Axiata Corporate Centre.
Prior to his assignment at Corporate Centre, Kanishka spent three years with Hello Axiata in Cambodia in 2 different roles – first as the Financial Systems Manager and later as the Financial Controller.

Prior to joining Axiata, Kanishka was working with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kanishka holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bangalore University and Master of Business Administration in Finance, Manipal University, India. He is also a certified SAP Business One consultant.

Mr. Yap Kok Leong

Chief Marketing Officer

Kok Leong has over 24 years of experience in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Typically, his work has focused on the convergence of two worlds: telecommunications and IT. Kok Leong has managed both consumer and enterprise-based businesses with roles in sales, marketing and customer analysis. Kok Leong’s knowledge of backend OSS/BSS technology has helped him ground his business skills. His extensive experience with Telco operations in ASEAN includes positions such as Chief Marketing Officer at YES 4G Malaysia, General Manager at NCS, Singtel and Head of Region/Corp Sales at Maxis.

Kok Leong believes that placing the right people in the right places at the right time can create great results. These highly energized and passionate people of Customer Services can help distinguish a company in today’s highly competitive market environment. His CMO Division includes marketing, PR, retail and customer services as well as corporate, consumer and event sales.

Each day, Kok Leong helps ensure that the 15 million people of Cambodia will choose Smart to facilitate their daily communication needs.

Mr. Andrey Kuzin

Chief Technical Officer

Andrey has 12 years of experience in mobile telecommunication starting from engineering to project management and Chief Technical Officer positions in various telecommunication vendors and operators. Andrey gains extensive experience of managing complex telecommunication projects across different countries, nations and technologies.

Andrey has accomplished network merge of “Hello Axiata” and “Smart Mobile” into Smart Axiata. The network merge is successfully accomplished and great synergy is gained with boost in growth of subscribers and revenue bringing Smart to number 2 operator in Cambodia.

Andrey is a leader and aims at constantly growing his potential and the potential of those around him, making people around enjoy what they are doing and enjoy it himself.

Mr. Vishal Upadhyay

Chief Information Officer

Vishal is an Experienced IT/Telecommunication Professional who has held senior leadership positions in telecommunication industry across Asia and Africa. Vishal has a deep understanding of the fiercely competitive and ever changing telecommunication landscape, and has a led from the front in IT/Telecom transformation projects during Star-cell acquisition in 2011 as well as Hello Axiata and Smart Mobile merger in 2013. 

Vishal is serving in the Capacity of CIO for Smart Axiata.

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