Waspa founder and chairman steps down

Leon Perlman, chairman and founder of Wireless Application Service Provider Association (Waspa), is leaving the association at the end of July as he is going abroad for an extended period.

Perlman will continue to be involved with Waspa in a consulting capacity, offering his extensive expertise to the Wasp industry.

A by-election will be held shortly to fill the resultant vacancy on the Waspa Management Committee (Mancom), the association said.

Perlman, who recently completed a Doctorate in Law on Mobile Financial Services, will be using his expertise in this field in a number of diverse markets around the world.

Casper de Villiers, Waspa vice-chairman, says Perlman has been a key stakeholder in Waspa since it’s founding in 2004.

“Leon has provided a unique blend of commercial and regulatory expertise that has benefited the WASP industry in South Africa. During his tenure, the Waspa Mancom assisted the industry in becoming a multi-billion Rand market, while at the same time putting extensive protections in place for consumers.”

Perlman has also served as the chairman and vice-chairman of International Audiotext regulators Association (IARN).

A former scientist, he has been in the telecommunications industry since the early 1990s.

He holds the degrees BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BProc, LLB, and is currently completing a Doctorate of Laws (LLD) at the University of South Africa.

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