Ahmed El Beheiry takes over as Tamer Gadallah resigns to pursue other interests.

Telecom Egypt (TE) this week appointed a new CEO in Ahmed El Beheiry, after Tamer Gadallah stepped down after only 12 months in the role.

El Beheiry began his career as a design engineer at Alcatel, during which time he contributed to the construction of Egypt’s first mobile network.

More recently he was founder and CEO of Idea – not the Indian mobile operator, but an investment company focused on technologies for the development of infrastructure, energy and water for communities in Africa. He stepped down in December 2015; in March 2016, he joined Telecom Egypt’s board.

"The board of directors believes that Mr. El Beheiry is an exciting new leader, capable of taking the company further and building on the milestone achieved in 2016, the mobile licence acquisition, which will transform TE into a total telecom operator," said Telecom Egypt chairman Magued Osman, in a statement on Wednesday.

El Beheiry replaces Tamer Gadallah, who is stepping down to pursue other interests.

Gadallah was appointed along with chairman Osman as recently as March 2016 on the orders of Egypt’s government. They replaced Osama Yasin and Mohamed Salem respectively, who had only been appointed in May 2015.

"I am excited about the opportunity to take Telecom Egypt to the next phase of its transition to a total telecom operator," said El Beheiry this week. "I am looking forward to the future with confidence and determination."

Given TE’s recent track record, the jury is out on whether El Beheiry’s future at TE lasts longer than a year.