We are an international company with strong expertise in messaging services. Being pioneers in A2P and P2P monetization and leaders in the CIS market for more than ten years, we have expanded globally, with now about 240 mobile operators worldwide directly connected with GMS. Ever since, we have been the pioneers in the messaging industry because our mission is to bring progress to our partners.
We want your business to grow and reach the next level of communication just as much as you do. To achieve this, we offer you our profound knowledge of the market, create turnkey solutions of the highest quality, and tailor them perfectly to fit your needs. In this context, our bold vision is to become the leader and the ambassador for trusted and transparent messaging worldwide.
GMS is your one-stop shop for worldwide communications. Our network encompasses about 900 mobile operators in 200 countries, over 200 directly connected to GMS.
years of leadership in the market
mobile operators in 200 countries
mobile operators directly connected
MNOs’ successful monetization cases
- largest GSMA Compliant messaging provider
- 60 mobile operators directly connected in CIS region
ISO/IEC 27001, 9001, and ISO/IEC 20000-1 certified
GSMA Associate Member since 2007
We started off in the CIS region, grew, excelled, perfected our services, and then gradually expanded globally. In 2015, we established our headquarters and business operations in Switzerland. As the world keeps changing, with trends shifting and new technologies appearing, we keep developing, improving and constantly evolving: to be able to offer the best quality of services to you, we are always one step ahead of every new trend and development in the field. Every step we have taken has paved the road towards your success.
Superior security and services as the cornerstone
- To meet and exceed customer expectations, we have had the business processes of Global Message Services AG, and Global Message Services Ukraine assessed, and become ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1 certified.
- To ensure the highest level of security of monetization services, we started to implement firewall solutions on the networks of our partners.
- We have expanded our business to Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa increasing the number of our direct connections to national operators in the regions and some of the largest group operators worldwide.
- Having expanded our technical presence in Germany, we have achieved redundancy of our network.
Boosting technology background
- GMS has become fully operational in Switzerland and established its technical point of presence in Frankfurt, Germany.
- To enhance the way businesses communicate with their customers, we have released an innovative multichannel messaging platform – Hyber.
- To stay on top of the latest trends, we became the official representative of Viber for the entire CIS region.
Stepping up to become a partner of choice across markets
- Extending our reach to the CIS A2P market (Russia and Azerbaijan).
- Mobile advertising service is launched to help our partners improve their outreach.
Shaping up and augmenting services
- To help you get the most from our solutions, we continue enhancing bulk SMS and MMS services. At the same time, we launch Mobile Parking payments in Kyiv.
Leaping from technology visionaries to leaders
- The first launch, start of work on the Openmind off-the- shelf platform.
- Expanding our presence through partnerships with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh Mobile operators.
- Reaching the top by becoming the first and only telecom provider of SMS services in Ukraine.
- Joining GSMA as an Associate Member.
Information security and compliance
As a company working with information, we are well aware of the threats to information security, and we are committed to providing the best kind of data protection and security to our partners. With phishing, fraud, ransomware, data breaches and leaks crowding the headlines, information security is paramount. Being methodical, disciplined and alert in all business operations at all levels, staying up-to-date with the latest encryption and protection protocols, upholding the highest standards of transparency and security – all of these efforts are mandatory for telecommunications companies today. More importantly, none of these measures done once guarantee protection, because even the most secure system will become vulnerable again unless it is constantly updated. Security is not a state, it is a process, requiring a responsible attitude and daily work. At GMS, we realize the risks and put the security of our partners’ information at the top of our list of priorities.
We do not tolerate negligence when it comes to cybersecurity, and stand up to the challenge of keeping our partners’ data safe. A testament to our commitment to the global standards of quality, transparency, and security is GMS’ compliance with the industry’s regulations for security procedures and all other business operations. Organizing and systematically maintaining all levels of our operations to consistently, year after year, pass the ISO certifications is an effort and expense that we do not neglect because the security of our partners’ data is of utmost importance to GMS. ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000-1 testify to our commitment to security and compliance. Having an impeccable compliance history, we are the perfect partner for operators looking to work with only those suppliers who can abide by the highest security and compliance standards and guarantee data protection.
Our team is what drives the success of the GMS. That’s why at the steering wheel of the company are only knowledgeable, driven leaders. With their extensive expertise in the industry, personal integrity, and unwavering commitment to GMS’ core values, our management team leads the company towards progress.
Board of Directors
We have put a lot of effort into developing our expertise in the field of telecommunications. Sharing this expertise, exchanging best practices and fostering cooperation helps drive the progress of the whole industry. To aid this endeavor, GMS actively participates in various organizations and associations to share experience and bring progress to the telecommunications business.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Having studied management with focus on marketing, Iurii Makarenko worked several years at a number of influential telecom companies in sales roles. He decided to take a career break from 2003 to 2005 to pursue a management degree at the Kiev International Institute of Management, after which he poured his knowledge and work experience into the creation of GMS in 2006. As Managing Director, Iurii’s dynamism has seen GMS grow from strength to strength since the company's establishment and he continues to be the visionary overseeing the company’s explosive expansion.
Member of the Board of Directors
Chief Growth Officer
Illia has been on the Board of GMS since 2006. Having graduated as a radio engineer in 1992, he has amassed huge experience. He spent a lot of time in his native country of Ukraine, as Chief Engineer and later General Director of different Ukrainian-Israeli JVs. He served as MD of a Swiss innovative manufacturer of system solutions for EDP and telecommunication cabling worldwide for a decade.
Illia then spent 9 years on the Board of a leading Ukrainian system integrator and partner of major national telecom operators.
Illia’s interests are not limited to just telecommunications. In 2014, he co-founded a professional cloud-based platform which provides cities and drivers with a comprehensive parking management solution.
Member of the Board of Directors
Chief Innovation Officer
An accomplished professional who has worked 25+ years in the IT space, Eugene Zimin’s experience encompasses tech, entrepreneurship and tech investment. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and a post graduate degree, both from Kiev Polytechnic University.
Eugene has been closely involved in a variety of ambitious projects in various fields, with particular focus on engineering and design of telecom networks and software development for banking and card payment corporate solutions.
With a keen interest in Fintech companies, Eugene has invested in several of them. He also founded Pri-Num UK, a partner of VISA Inc and a vendor for other worldwide payment companies.
Eugene has served as a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and as both Chief Information Officer and Chief Innovation Officer for Ukrposhta, the Ukrainian postal operator.
Eugene joined the Board of GMS in 2013 and has used his wealth of experience to guide GMS to greater visibility and provide valuable advice and inputs.
Member of the Board of Directors
Chief Strategy Officer
Robert has more than 25 years’ experience of the digital information business and for the last 15+ years has been closely involved in the expansion of mobile messaging. Between 2007 and 2017 he was Senior Director of what is now SAP Mobile Services, long-established as the world’s largest messaging hub. Within SAP Robert’s main area of responsibility was the development of messaging revenues arising from the entire global telco customer-base. In this role he established productive relationships with mobile operators all over the world and secured consistent revenue growth throughout his tenure. He has now taken the opportunity to join GMS as Chief Strategy Officer helping the company achieve its goals of geographical growth and service evolution at a time of significant change in the mobile messaging ecosystem.
Member of the Board of Directors
After obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law at the University of Zurich, Damian decided to spread his wings and travelled to South East Asia, where he continued his education. His work experience reflects his internationalism: after working at a renowned boutique law firm in Switzerland, Damian combined his interest in social causes with his legal skills, interning at a social venture in China. He went on to co-found a social venture company dedicated to the betterment of differently-abled children, before returning to Switzerland and joining GMS. Damian heads the global legal department, covering business, corporate, and regulatory topics, particularly, telco regulation, data protection, IP, licensing, contract, etc. and is part of the think tank responsible for the company's strategic growth.
With a Master’s Degree in Finance from Kiev National Economics University, Alexander has been helming financial matters at GMS since its inception. His keen business acumen has steered GMS from a start-up to a global player. Alexander is responsible for financial and managerial planning, budgeting, financial analysis, cash flow control, communications with banks and state authorities, as well as business planning and evaluation of new products, amongst others.
Natalia oversees the entire HR process at GMS, with her main focus being on Organization Development, Performance Management, Recruitment and Adaptation, Personnel Retention and their Training and Development including Talent Management programs. With over 10 years of extensive HR experience which includes 3 Greenfield projects and her in-depth knowledge and profound professional understanding of her chosen field, Natalia worked in key HR positions at a number of start-ups as well as established name companies before joining GMS. She graduated in English and has attended a plethora of training programs related to her field of work and received a Certificate in HR Leadership from Cornell University, USA. She is based in Kiev, Ukraine.
A consistent internal award winner at all his employers throughout his illustrious career, Vitaliy is vastly experienced in his chosen line of work, both by education and by profession. Before he commenced charting his destiny with GMS, he helmed the technical side of things at several big names in the CIS telecom world, successfully overseeing technical projects essential to the growth of those companies. In Vitaliy, GMS has a CTO who lives and breathes his work and who has, together with the CISO, helped GMS to obtain vitally important ISO certifications.
A highly experienced Marketing and Communications professional, Olga came on board GMS to help the company successfully navigate its rapid international growth phase. Her deep understanding and insight of the field comes from her work experience at agencies as well as companies and gives her the invaluable ability to parlay the importance of marketing into the success and advancement of the company and makes her a crucial part of GMS. Apart from a Master’s Degree in Marketing, she also holds a Diploma in Public Relations and brings clarity of thought and coherence of vision to the table.
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