Conway led the organisation that represents telecoms operators around the world for 12 years, establishing the group’s reputation and building its influence in both the public and private sector.
A statement from the GSMA read: “It is with great sadness that we announce that the former CEO of the GSMA, Rob Conway, passed away last night after battling an aggressive form of cancer.
“The GSMA will be honouring Rob for his contributions to the development of the mobile industry at Mobile World Congress in February. For now, our thoughts are with Rob’s family as well as his many close friends across the industry.”
Conway was well-known for his leadership in establishing mobile networks in Latin America, heading up a mobile operator in Chile, and working with Motorola on establishing an operator in Brazil.
After leaving the GSMA in 2011, he joined Russian mobile operator Vimpelcom as its chief of international affairs before retiring after 18 months in the role.