Telenor Group has mobile operations in 11 markets. The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are the highest-ranking corporate officers (executives) in the management of Telenor’s global business units. The CEOs are responsible for and shall ensure that the business units they manage are run and further developed in accordance with Telenor’s way of doing business; the governance and organizational culture through the Vision and Values, Codes of Conduct, Group Policies and Procedures and Leadership Expectations.
CEO of Telenor Norway
- Appointed: 14 September 2011
Background: She joined Telenor in 1988 as a Research Scientist. From 2000 to 2005 she was Executive Vice President and CTO of Telenor and also working Chair of Telenor R&D. In January 2005 she took up the position as Vice President and Head of Telenor Nordic Fixed with overall responsibility for the fixed network business in Norway. From 2002 to 2007 Berit Svendsen was a member of the European Commission / IST Advisory Group. She joined Conax as CEO in May 2008.
Education: Berit Svendsen holds an MSc in Electronics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (1988), and a Master of Technology Management from NTNU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (1995).
CEO of Telenor Sweden
- Appointed: 15 April 2009
Background: Norling joined Bredbandsbolaget in 1999, where he held various senior positions. In 2006 Norling was appointed Head of Telenor Sweden’s fixed network and a year later he took on the position as CTO of Telenor Sweden. Since April 2009, he has served as CEO of Telenor Sweden.
Education: MBA from the School of Business, Gothenburg, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Physics, Uppsala University, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from USA.
CEO of Telenor Denmark
- Appointed: 1 September 2012
Background: Marek has worked as Telenor Serbia’s Chief Marketing Officer since July 2009. He has 10 years of telecommunications leadership experience, working for start-ups, market challengers, as well as established operators, including Vodafone, Telefónica O2 and Telenor.
Education: Master degree in business administration at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech.
CEO of Telenor Hungary
- Appointed: 18 January 2011
Background: Prior to his appointment to CEO of Telenor Hungary in January 2011, Christopher Laska had served as CEO of Telenor Montenegro since 2009. He has also worked as the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in Telenor Serbia. In addition, he has served as Project Director M&A in Telenor International Mobile, Country Manager for Telenor in Pakistan and Hungary and Business Development & Strategy Director in Telenor in Hungary (Pannon GSM).
Education: Bachelor of Science with honours in Business Management from Bradford University Management Centre in the UK, as well as a post-graduate degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London.
CEO of Telenor Serbia
- Appointed: 1 September 2012
Background: Ove Fredheim comes from Telenor Group Headquarters, where he was heading the Markets unit within the Group Industrial Development for the past three years. Prior to that, Fredheim served as CEO, Telenor Hungary, from 2003 to 2009. Fredheim has been with Telenor for 20 years and has held several management positions.
Fredheim is member of the Board of Directors in Telenor Norway.
Education: Bachelor Degree from Oslo School of Business Administration.
Stein Erik Vellan
CEO of Globul, Bulgaria
- Appointed: 1 August 2013
Background: Stein-Erik Vellan comes from the position as Head of Mobile in Telenor Norway. Stein-Erik Vellan has vast experience from the CEE region, while heading Telenor Serbia during a two-and-a-half-year period through an important transitional phase. After his posting in Serbia, Stein-Erik Vellan served as Managing Director of Uninor in India in the company’s upstart face. Stein-Erik Vellan has also been part of Telenor’s Nordic management, successfully heading the Norwegian business market division.
Education: BI Norwegian Business School
Jon Eddy Abdullah
CEO of dtac, Thailand
- Appointed: 1 March 2011
Background: Prior his current position as CEO of dtac, Jon Eddy Abdullah was CEO of Telenor Pakistan in 2008. From 2002 – 2007, he was Chief Technology Officer of DiGi Telecom.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Montana State University, USA.
CEO of DiGi, Malaysia
- Appointed: 17 May 2010
Background: Henrik Clausen has served as CEO of Telenor in Denmark from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this, Clausen worked as CEO in the Danish broadband provider Cybercity from 2000 to 2005.
Education: MBA from INSEAD, a Master in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a degree in foreign trade from Copenhagen Business School.
CEO of Grameenphone,
- Appointed: 7 January 2013
Background: Mr. Vivek Sood comes from the position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Indian mobile operator Uninor. His 22 years of experience also include executive positions in companies like Tata AIG life Insurance, Hutchison Telecom, Tupperware India and Hindustan Lever Limited (Unilever).
Lars Christian Iuel
CEO of Telenor Pakistan
- Appointed: 1 November 2011
Background: Lars Christian Iuel came from the position as Head of Marketing at Telenor Group’s Asia office in Bangkok. Prior to that, he worked three years as the Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Pakistan. He has a diverse international background, both from different positions in Telenor and from Cell One in Namibia.
Education: Cand Merc from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
Acting CEO of Uninor, India
- Appointed: 7 November, 2013
Background: Mr. Brekke joined the Telenor Singapore office in 1999 as Manager Business Development and later Managing Director. Mr Brekke served as co-Chief Executive Officer of dtac from 2002 to 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in dtac from 2005-2008. Prior to joining Telenor, Mr. Brekke has served as the Deputy Minister (State Secretary) of Defence in Norway in 1993, and has also held position as an associate research fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in the USA.
Education: Master of Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
CEO Telenor Montenegro
- Appointed: 1 June 2013
Background: Michael Malvebo has 20+ years leadership experience in product, marketing, sales and finance, covering Sweden, USA and Bangladesh. He started career in telecommunication sector in 2000 at Europolitan, the Swedish operator (later known as Vodafone Sweden) and Telenor Sweden, where he had various leadership roles in the commercial division. Michael has been working in Grameenphone as a Head of Product for the last 3 years, where he set up a new product department covering all GP’s products and processes and a complete revamp of the portfolio.
Photo of Marek Slacik: Søren Svendsen.