Daniel Gurrola

Entrepreneurship Expert


Daniel is the VP of Strategy at Verizon Wireless in New York. He is one of the leading strategists in the TMT sector at a global level, covering the entire strategy spectrum. He has served in roles of corporate, commercial, business unit strategy, and implementation. 

Daniel is passionate about driving innovation and helping start-ups grow and partner with corporates. 

Whilst at Orange Group, Daniel served as the VP of Strategy and Business Development, where he was in charge of identifying start-ups to partner with Orange. He held the relationship with the Ministry of Trade of Israel, where he partnered to identify promising companies. He has had 'hundreds pitches' of companies to the point that he developed a good idea on identifying 'pitches' that work and which ones don’t. He also served as the non-Executive Board Member of Orange Innovation Labs, where his focus was on driving home-grown innovation through the internal processes and accelerate the rate of innovation that makes it in the commercial space. 

Daniel also has experience in mentoring companies through his mentorship role in several incubators. Most recently, Daniel led a group of Senior Executives at the GSMA to develop and maintain CxO level relationships across the world with key regional and local telecommunication operators as well as with national telcos. This has provided him a global network of relationships at both group and OpCo levels.

In the other part of his day job, Daniel has been addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the industry through his leadership role as a former chairman at the Chief Strategy Officers Group at the GSMA. He is also recognised as one of the leading thinkers and is a sought-out speaker for major industry conferences and publications, including a TEDx talk.

Daniel has extensive international experience, having worked in 12 countries. He speaks five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) and has studied Russian. 

Daniel has an MBA from HEC School of Management in France and a BSME from the University of California at Berkeley. 

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