Chairman, Carmel Ventures Asia; Chairman, Novare Technologies Ltd
Craig Ehrlich is the former long time chairman of the GSMA, the global trade association representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.
Craig joined Hutchison Whampoa in 2003 and since then he serves as a board member of Hutchison Telecoms Group Holdings Ltd and now advises the group’s 3G and 2G businesses worldwide.
On April 2009, Craig was appointed by Bharti Airtel, India's largest private telecom company, as independent non-executive director of the company.
In the Philippines, the investor group of which Craig is vice chairman, owns Eastern Telecoms, the former Cable & Wireless company in that country. Craig is also a board member of public company Philweb, the country's leading gaming company. and chairman of kbro, Taiwan's largest cable TV operator.
Craig is also Chairman of Novare Technologies Ltd., an onshoring and outsourcing software company based in Hong Kong and serving clients throughout the world; and member of ITU Telecom Board.
Craig has been involved in Hong Kong's communications industry since he first settled in Hong Kong in 1987. He joined Hutchison Cablevision as managing director in October 1987 and was a founding member of the team that launched STAR TV, Asia's first satellite delivered multi-channel television network. After four years with Hutchison Whampoa, Mr Ehrlich became the Group Operations Director at Hutchison Telecommunications and was responsible for the company's operations in 10 countries.
In 1993 he left the Hutchison group and established companies involved in the introduction of cable television and paging services. He sold these companies in September 1996 and started Hong Kong mobile operator SUNDAY Communications Ltd. in November 1996.
Craig has been a Hong Kong resident since 1987, holds a B.A. degree from the University of California Los Angeles, a Masters degree from Occidental College and a postgraduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation.