London, UK – 29 July, 2011 – Marie Wold, President and CFO of OnRelay, has earned a Distinguished Honoree medal in Executive of the Year – Telecommunications, in the 2011 International Business Awards.

The International Business Awards are the only global, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in business. Nicknamed the Stevie® for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards will be presented to honorees at a gala event on Tuesday, 11 October.

Honorees were selected from more than 3,000 entries received from organizations and individuals in more than 40 nations.   Honorees were determined through two rounds of judging by close to 200 professionals worldwide.

Executive of the Year – Telecommunications
Group, London, United Kingdom: Ian Livingston, CEO

Etisalat Misr, Cairo, Egypt: Eng. Saleh Al-Abdooli, CEO
Hellenic Telecom
, Athens, Greece: Michael Tsamaz, Chairman & CEO
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Shenzhen, China: Yafang Sun, Chairwoman
Maroc Telecom, Rabat, Morocco: Abdeslam Ahizoune, Chairman and President
OnRelay London, United Kingdom: Marie Wold, President & CFO
Portugal Telecom, Lisbon, Portugal: Zeinal Bava, CEO
SK Telecom Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea: Ha Sung-Min, President
Turk Telekom, Istanbul, Turkey: K. Gökhan Bozkurt, CEO
Ufone PTML – Etisalat, Islamabad, Pakistan: Mr. Abdul Aziz, President and CEO
XLN Telecom, Burgess Hill, United Kingdom: Christian Nellemann, CEO

“Entries to The International Business Awards grew by more than 80% this year, and that illustrates the increasing importance of the IBAs worldwide,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, presenters of the IBAs.  “We congratulate all of the honorees, and we look forward to recognizing them for their achievements at our gala event in October.”

“I am very proud of the recognition Marie has received for all of her ground-breaking and strategic work in our field,” says Ivar Plahte, CEO of OnRelay.  “Telecoms is a market that demands tenacity and ingenuity – something that she has in spades.  Marie is now successfully spearheading our entry into the US market, using our proven technology and cloud computing to turn Managed Service Providers into telcos – a disruptive twist on the telecoms space.”

Entrepreneur, startup executive, business developer, management consultant, analyst and economist with background from Deloitte (Braxton), US Trade Commission, US Foreign Service and law firm Wilmer Cutler and Pickering. Marie started Deloitte Research EMEA, and while at Braxton, Deloitte, she devised mobile voice / data strategies for tier 1 operators in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US.  Previously, as a telecom analyst for the US executive branch, she supported the 1997 WTO agreement on Telecommunications.  Marie did Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS, St Catherine’s Collage, Oxford and University of North Dakota (her home state).

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Complete lists of honorees and other details are available at

About OnRelay
OnRelay is a private software company specializing in mobile telephony software deployed in the cloud. The company lists Tier 1 operators and servicer providers as customers and partners. OnRelay’s Mobile Cloud Exchange (MCX) is an all-software, cloud based, mobile office phone system designed for service provider hosting.  Working with service providers, OnRelay offers a convergence solution, which allows companies to replace desk phones with mobile phones. By integrating MCX with the leading open source IP PBX, sipXecs, OnRelay offers businesses a complete fixed and mobile telephony system. OnRelay’s patented Telephony Internetworking Protocol (TINP) is a lightweight protocol designed to work over any cellular network, worldwide. For additional information, visit OnRelay at

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Location hosting patron for The 2011 International Business Awards is the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates.  Premier sponsors include IBM Netezza and Smart Reader® Worldwide.  The Korea Business Communicators Association is the national sponsor for South Korea.  Localization sponsor of the 2011 Stevie Awards is SDL.  Location hosting supporters of the 2011 IBAs include Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Dana Gas, the Gemological Institute of America and The International Business Times.


Lisa-Marie Gibbons