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XConnect Appoints Stephen Ornadel as Vice President of Strategic Relationships and Product Development

Ornadel brings over two decades of experience from senior roles at Mobileum, iconectiv, Ericsson, EE and T-Mobile to XConnect

XConnect, a Somos Company, the provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, has appointed Stephen Ornadel as its Vice President (VP) of Strategic Relationships and Product Development. Within this role, Ornadel will enhance XConnect’s global partnerships and drive product development innovation in voice, A2P and identity & verification (ID&V). 

Ornadel brings over 20 years’ experience to XConnect, having spent the last 7 of those at Mobileum, where he led in its Product Management, Security Solutions, and Alliances and Partnerships divisions. Prior to this, he held senior roles at iconectiv, Ericsson, EE and T-Mobile. Ornadel is an active contributor in industry working groups including the GSMA, where he chaired the Global Title Leasing Task Force and authored the GT Leasing Code of Conduct, FS.52. He was previously elected to the board of directors at the CFCA. 

“It is a pleasure to welcome Stephen to the XConnect team. As active members of MEF, i3Forum and GSMA working groups ourselves, his involvement in the GSMA and CFCA directly aligns with our positioning on restoring trust in communications,” said Eli Katz, CEO and Founder of XConnect. “Stephen’s experience, insights and strategic approach will be crucial in taking our product innovation and global partnerships to the next level. I look forward to the exciting things we’ll achieve together.”  

As VP of Strategic Relationships and Product Development, Ornadel will be responsible for identifying and nurturing key partnerships. He will also oversee the development of XConnect’s voice, A2P and ID&V solutions, leveraging specialisms in security, counter-fraud, messaging and interconnection to meet the evolving needs of the telecoms industry and mitigate fraud. 

“Over the past few years, the industry has witnessed trust in telecoms reach new lows. This is an issue that XConnect recognises and our shared interest in addressing this presents an exciting opportunity for me to apply my knowledge and experience,” said Stephen Ornadel VP of Strategic Relationships and Product Development at XConnect. “It is a critical time for the telecoms ecosystem. I am eager to continue solving the top industry challenges and my role at XConnect enables me to execute on that.” 

This latest appointment supports XConnect’s mission to drive validation and authentication in phone numbers via its trusted global data and intelligence solutions and expertise. Its services are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights.