“I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this family”, Gerardo Yela

Meet Gerardo Yela, Head of O&M Processes and Management Platforms at Telefónica Ecuador. Find out more about his career.

Meet Gerardo Yela, Head of O&M Processes and Management Platforms at Telefónica Ecuador.
Gerardo Yela

Gerardo Yela

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How long have you been with Telefónica and what is your assessment of your time here? 

In 2007 I was working for a Telefónica supplier, with which I had the opportunity to make myself known, especially in the technology areas, and so in October of the same year I applied to join the team of IT Platform Administrators and thank God I was selected.  Since then, it has been 16 years, more than 7 areas I have been through, 2 different vice-presidencies and hundreds of friends in all operations. 

16 years may sound like a lifetime, but they really are few when we do what we are passionate about. Today I consider myself a very fortunate person for being part of this family and for all the learning that these years have represented for me. 

Is there any project at Telefónica that you feel particularly satisfied with or proud of? 

In April 2016, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, considered one of the most destructive in the country’s recorded history; at the time I was head of the Network Operations Centre (NOC) and had to be part of the team that led the crisis table for the restoration of the cellular network nationwide.  Being part of this team also allowed me to be part of the team of anonymous heroes that, although I did not sleep for more than 3 weeks but only 4-5 hours a day, allowed me to provide the necessary communication in the most affected areas and thus save many lives, especially those of people who had been trapped under the rubble and who could be rescued thanks to a mobile phone call.  It was a very sad moment for my country, but it made me very proud of my team and of Telefónica. 

What do you think Telefónica has contributed to society? 

In Ecuador, Telefónica means technology, vanguard, communication, speed (in technological terms) and transparency, solidarity, honesty, union, family (in terms of values).  Its contribution to society is reflected every time someone lifts their mobile phone to their ear to say hello to their loved ones or uses their mobile data to study; there are so many contributions that it would be too many to list them in this post. 

Where do you see Telefónica in the future? 

In the not too distant future, I still see Telefónica as the benchmark for many companies that see in it a great example to follow; leading the world of telecommunications with values that can only be built over the years… because 100 years in the market cannot be achieved overnight. 

Could you live without a mobile phone? 

I am a technology addict, I am passionate about the evolution it has had in the last 10 years and without a doubt, my gateway between me and technological advances is my mobile phone; so I can’t conceive a life without a mobile phone. 

Help us solve one of the great enigmas of humanity: the potato omelette… With onion or without onion? 

I’m Ecuadorian and I don’t know much about the potato omelette, but I suppose it will be a debate like the one we have here about onion, with chifle or with canguil? Hahaha… I think the tortilla de patata should be without onion (because I hate onion) and the encebollado should be with chifle. 

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