His company is one of the largest providers of electronic, mechanical and software engineering services in the world. Marwan Kheireddine was born in Egypt, but was raised and educated in Switzerland. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnic National de Lausanne (EPFL) where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1988, he moved to London and was rapidly promoted in various marketing positions at Motorola until 1997 when he was appointed Vice President for Marketing at Marconi. His activities included establishing the company’s first UK subsidiaries in the United States and Europe. He also participated in the development of international business strategies, brand management and cross-border business development. In 1999, he was promoted to the role of Vice President of Marketing for Marconi’s Wireless product areas. In 2000, he was appointed as Executive Vice President for Global Marketing and in 2001 became Senior Vice President of Global Marketing.
His enterpreneurial skills and result-driven leadership gained him the additional responsibility of being CEO of Marconi’s Radio Systems Sector. During this time, he successfully led the acquisition of TRW’s RF division. He also created new business units and led Marconi’s entry into new markets including broadband wireless access and personal communication services.
In 2003, Kheireddine left Marconi to join private equity firm BC Partners as a managing director responsible for global M&A activity in the telecommunications infrastructure sector.
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The name Ikusi means ‘to steal’ in Basque and illustrates Marwan’s determination to challenge the current order, lead innovation, enter new markets and grow the business.
In 2004, he launched a new venture, Ikusi NV, which created a new pan-European platform for the provision of multiple services to operators and governments in the wireless sector. The company pioneered a business model which allowed it to create outsourced end-to-end solutions for strategic relationships with customers who do not have extensive infrastructure. It was also the first company to develop carrier-managed networks and deliver nationwide coverage in a short time frame.
In December 2010, Ikusi announced that it had agreed to merge his business with Telit Communications, a leading provider of connectivity modules and embedded mobile network solutions. The merger was completed in April 2011 and Ikusi became Telit Networks. Kheireddine became President of the merged company and Chairman of its Global Operations Board.