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Elephant Talk appoints Robert H. Turner as executive chairman

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Staff writer | New York, N.Y., USA | November 18, 2015
Elephant TalkNovember 18, 2015, New York, N.Y., USA - Elephant Talk Communications Corp. appointed Robert H. Turner as executive chairman and Tim Payne, president of Elephant Talk North America (ETNA), as interim CEO.
Mr. Turner brings over 40 years of international C-level global telecom and communications technology experience to Elephant Talk gained through a career leading and servicing major Tier 1, 2, and 3, incumbent and competitive (MVNO/CLEC/ISP/Cable) wireless and wired operators.

Mr. Turner’s expertise includes decades of P&L leadership, M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances and global partnerships gained through a career including Senior Sales and Marketing roles at AT&T, President and Chief Operating Officer of BellSouth Communications, Inc. (now AT&T) and serving as Chairman, CEO and President of several international voice and data services/networking companies including PTT Telecom Netherlands US, Inc. (now KPN), TeleZone, Inc. (Toronto, Canada) and Davnet Limited (Sydney, Australia).

Recently, Mr. Turner served as Chairman of Pandora Networks, Inc. (now named Panterra Networks), CEO at Pac West Telecomm, Inc. and for the past 28 years, founder at Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLC, an executive management and board services consultancy and advisory firm focused on serving leading-edge telecom, software and technology companies from start-ups to turnaround, worldwide.

Mr. Turner is a featured contributor to key publications in the wireless, networking and technology industries and is also a guest lecturer at The Darla Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina.

Mr. Payne has been President of Elephant Talk North America since April 2014. He has over 20 years of domestic US telecom experience driving sales and distribution programs at top telecommunication companies including serving as Senior National Sales Leader at Verizon Telematics, National Sales Manager at Networkfleet, General Manager at Clearwire and District Manager at Sprint Nextel.

Steven van der Velden has stepped down as Chairman, CEO and a director of the Company.