Marian Pantazescu


Marian has previously been the Chairman of Direct One. Also from August 2008 until July 2017 Marian was CEO of Direct One. He coordinates the group’s telecom activities from the Group’s offices in Bucharest. At Direct One, Marian supervised the transition of the fiber optic network owned by Electrogrup into a full-blown commercial enterprise increasing the number of contracts for lit services and dark-fiber. In addition, he supervised the launch of the first content delivery network, with online multi-screen and multi-platform capabilities on Direct One’s backbone network.

He is an experienced telecom professional with 21 years industry experience. Prior to Direct One, he was the Deputy CTO, Network Senior Director and member of the Executive Council and Strategic Review Committee of Vodafone Romania.  During his 11 years with Vodafone’s local subsidiary, he was responsible for managing the company’s network infrastructure and services platforms, overseeing an annual budget of over €300m and coordinating more than 330 professionals. During this time, Marian also assisted Vodafone’s local acquisition of Connex and helped with the integration following the transaction.

Prior to Vodafone he worked for Ericsson Romania. Separately, from 2012 to 2013 he was the Chairman of the Board of Posta Romana, the state-owned postal services organization, the largest employer in the country with over 30,000 employees. Marian has a Master of Science in Telecommunications from the Technical Military Academy and an Executive MBA from Asebuss / Kennesaw University. He is married and has one child.

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