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Thu, April 25, 2024

INNOVATION MINDSET

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JABBOR KAYUMOV
CEO and Managing Director, Ncell

Jabbor Kayumov, the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Ncell Axiata brings with him almost 20 years of experience in the senior management of the telecommunications industry. Already a CEO at 29, he is highly driven, and performance based. Kayumov has worked with some of the biggest names in telecom such as Telia, Veon (known as Beeline), and Digicel. Prior to joining Ncell, Kayumov worked as the CEO of Digicel Trinidad & Tobago followed by Digicel Jamaica until April 2023. In the Caribbean markets, he led a turnaround of business operations transitioning into becoming a digital operator. He holds extensive knowledge of the industry along with a successful track record in his role as the chief executive. 

What stands out when you meet Kayumov is his passion to achieve and his strong sense of urgency and purpose. It feels that he is constantly learning, observing, and absorbing from the people and ecosystem to distill the best and put it into practice. The telecom business is the fastest evolving, and it is very evident that he is racing against time to build on his expertise and position his company to the highest levels of accomplishment. Telecom executives are usually the behind-the-scenes type; Kayumov is unafraid to speak his mind, disrupt or own his mistakes. 

In this edition of Business 360, we spoke to Kayumov about Ncell as it completes 18 years in Nepal, the telecom industry, and what drives him to do what he does each day. Excerpts: