Zeinal Bava, 47 years old, is Chief Executive Officer of PT Portugal. Zeinal Bava was CEO of PT from April 2008 until June 2013. He was appointed CEO of Oi in June 2013, having remained as CEO of PT Portugal.
Zeinal Bava began his career at PT as CFO of the Pay-TV division (PT Multimédia) in 1999 and was Group CFO of PT from 2000 to 2006. During his 10 years at PT, before becoming CEO of the company, Zeinal Bava held key management roles in the main business units of PT as CEO of the Pay-TV division from 2003 until the company’s spin-off in 2007, as Vice-President and Head of the residential unit of the fixed-line business (PT Comunicações) in Portugal, as CEO of the domestic mobile division (TMN), as member of the Board of Directors of Brasilcel, as Chairman of the Board of the shared-services unit (PT Pro) and as member of the Board of PT Internacional. Additionally, Zeinal Bava helds several management roles in Brazil, being a member of the Board of Directors of Telemar Participacoes SA and the Board of Directors of Tele Norte Leste Participacoes SA, both companies integrating Oi group, and member of the Board of Directors of Contax participations SA and of the Board of CTX Participacoes SA.
Prior to joining PT, Zeinal Bava served as Executive Director and Relationship Manager for Portugal of Merrill Lynch International from 1998 until 1999, of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell from 1996 until 1998 and of Warburg Dillon Read from 1989 until 1996.
In 2011 Zeinal Bava was distinguished by Institutional Investor as the second best European CEO in the telecommunications industry and the best CEO in Portugal. In 2010, was elected as the “Best CEO” in the telecommunications sector in Europe by Institutional Investor and as “best CEO” in Portugal by Extel. In 2009, was elected as the “Best CEO in Investor Relations” by the “Investor Relations & Governance Awards” by Deloitte. As Group CFO, he was elected three times as the “Best CFO” in the telecommunications sector in Europe by Institutional Investor.
Zeinal Bava holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College of London.
Zeinal Bava is also member of the General Council of Cotec Portugal; member of the General Council of Universidade Técnica de Lisboa; member of the Council of Founders of Fundação Casa da Música; member of the Board of Directors of Fundação Luso Brasileira and member of the Board of Directors of Fundação Portugal África.