President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Appointed: 17 August 2015
- Stocks: 114 490 as of 29 February 2016
Background: Sigve Brekke, born 1959, joined Telenor in 1998 as an Advisor, and was in 1999 employed as Manager Business Development and later Managing Director of Telenor International, Region Asia. Mr. Brekke served as co-Chief Executive Officer of dtac from 2002 to 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in dtac from 2005-2008. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Region, prior to his appointment to President and CEO. Before joining Telenor, Mr. Brekke has served as the State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Defence in Norway in 1993, and has also held position as an associate at the Center for Science and International Affairs, at Harvard University, USA.
Education: Mr. Brekke holds a Master degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Jon Erik Haug
EVP and Chief People Officer
- Appointed: 1 November 2012
- Stocks: 18 650 as of 29 February 2016
Background: Jon Erik Haug, born 1962, has been in Telenor Group since 1997 and has held a number of senior positions in Norway and Sweden. Prior to his current position, Jon Erik Haug was CEO of Telenor Denmark since 2010.
Education: MBA from IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne and a Master of General Business from the Norwegian Business School, BI.
EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
- Appointed: 11 November 2015
- Stocks: 863 as of 15 February 2016
Background: Wenche Agerup, born 1964, was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate Staffs at Hydro. She was responsible for Legal Services, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Human Resources and Organizational Development (HR), Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and the Company Secretary. She worked in Hydro from 1997 until January 2015, and held several positions including plant manager in Årdal, Norway, and head of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). She has also headed Hydro’s bauxite exploration activities in Western Australia.
Education: Law degree from the University of Oslo and MBA from Babson College in Boston, U. S.
EVP and Chief Technology Officer
- Appointed: 12 October 2015
- Stocks: 7 022 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Ruza Sabanovic, born 1971, joined the green field operations in Telenor Montenegro in 1996. Since 2014 she was SVP Technology and Industrialized projects, part of the Group Industrialized Development team. She has previously served as Chief Operating Officer in Telenor India and was also heading Group network function and Group CTO forum. From 1994-2008 Ruza served as the assistant professor at the Civil Engineering Faculty University of Montenegro.
Education: Master of Civil Engineering, Technology, University Belgrade, Serbia
EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
- Appointed: 1 November 2015
- Stocks: 10 309 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Vivek Sood, born 1964, comes from the position as CEO of Telenor India. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Grameenphone and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of 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).
EVP and Chief Digital Officer
- Appointed: 1 December 2015
- Stocks: 0 as of 1 December 2015
Background: Jon Gravråk, born 1978, comes from the position as Partner in McKinsey & Company where he has been for 13 years. Gravråk has had multiple leadership positions in McKinsey’s Telecom, Media & Tech practice, in the Marketing & Sales practice as well as in the Oslo office. He has primarily worked with companies within the telecom, high-tech and private equity sectors, but also served clients in media, e-commerce, retail and financial services. During his time in McKinsey, Gravråk has worked with strategy and business improvements in more than 30 countries across Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America and Latin America.
Education: Master of Science in business and administration (Siv.Øk) from the Norwegian School of Management (BI) and City University London.
EVP and CEO of Telenor Norway
- Appointed: 14 September 2011
- Stocks: 35 171 as of 29 February 2016
Background: Berit Svendsen, born 1963, 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. Svendsen is currently a board member of DNB and Bisnode.
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).
EVP and CEO of Telenor Sweden
- Appointed: 1 August 2014
- Stocks: 19,070 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Patrik Hofbauer, born 1968, started working at Telenor in 2011, as CEO of Canal Digital AS. He then took on the additional role as the CEO of Telenor Broadcast Holding.
Hofbauer was previously the CEO of the Nordic region’s largest outdoor advertising company, Clear Channel. In addition, he has served as CEO for NEC Scandinavia, CEO for AddressPoint AB and CEO of Canal Digital Sweden (2005-2008).
Education: Patrik holds a DIHM Marketing Economy Diploma and Master from IHM, Business School in Sweden (1995-2000), and also a specialization within Marketing & Strategy from London Business School from 2008.
EVP and CEO of Telenor Denmark
- Appointed: 1 June 2015
- Stocks: 11 927 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Jesper Hansen, born 1965, has been a part of Telenor Denmark’s management team since 2000. In June 2015 he was appointed Acting CEO. Before becoming Acting CEO he served as Chief Customer Officer (2013-2015) and Chief Marketing Officer, Business (2009-2013). He started in Telenor Denmark as Chief Operating Officer of the internet service provider Cybercity. Before joining Telenor, Hansen worked as Manager at TDC Internet.
Education: B.Sc.Econ Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Denmark.
EVP and CEO of Telenor Hungary
- Appointed: 18 January 2011
- Stocks: 10 906 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Christopher Laska, born 1970, has previously 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.
EVP and CEO of Telenor Montenegro and Serbia
- Appointed: 1 March 2016
- Stocks: 3089 as of 1 March 2016
Background: Ingeborg Øfsthus, born 1968, has served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Serbia since September 2012, and since February 2013, she has also been CTO of Telenor Montenegro. She has previously held management positions in Telenor operations in Germany, Thailand and Norway and various positions in Telenor Group since 1998.
Education: Øfsthus holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Stein Erik Vellan
EVP and CEO of Telenor Bulgaria
- Appointed: 1 August 2013
- Stocks: 9012 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Stein-Erik Vellan, born 1965, 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
EVP and CEO of dtac, Thailand
- Appointed: 1 April 2015
- Stocks: 30 835 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Lars-Åke Norling, born 1968, joined Bredbandsbolaget (Sweden) 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. From 2009-2014, he served as CEO of Telenor Sweden, and most recently he served as CEO of Digi before joining dtac.
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.
EVP and CEO of Digi, Malaysia
- Appointed: 1 April 2015
- Stocks: 11 026 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Albern Murty, born 1972, has spent the last 13 years in a variety of senior executive roles in Digi. In January 2014, Albern became the company’s COO after serving as Chief Marketing Officer for a number of years. Before Digi, his previous experience includes business and commercial management roles in Lucent Technologies across the Asian region.
Education: Albern holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and Bachelor of Science in Advertising Management from Portland State University, Oregon, USA.
EVP and CEO of Grameenphone, Bangladesh
- Appointed: 1 December 2014
- Stocks: 8267 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Rajeev Sethi, born 1972, previously served as CMO in Uninor for nearly two years. Sethi has also served for more than three years as the head of Uninor’s Uttar Pradesh East circle. He has significant ICT industry experience, including executive engagements in companies such as Vodafone, HP, Hutchison Telecom and Asian Paints. Sethi received an MBA in Marketing, Finance and Operations from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow.
EVP and CEO of Telenor Pakistan
- Appointed: 1 July 2014
- Stocks: 5128 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Michael Foley, born 1960, has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the telecom, retail and gaming sectors from both advanced and growth markets. Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Bulgaria and Romania figure among the dozen markets where he has held commercial or business leadership roles in telecoms.
Education: Michael Foley is a Graduate of McGill University in Montreal with BA in Organizational Psychology.
- Appointed: 1 November 2015
- Stocks: 7351 as of 8 April 2016
Background: Sharad Mehrotra, born 1967, comes from the position of Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Myanmar. In this capacity he was responsible for sales, marketing, distribution, branding and customer centricity. Sharad has extensive senior management experience from telecoms operations and infrastructure industries. Before joining Telenor Myanmar, Sharad served as Head of Telenor Group’s Asia Distribution program driving regional synergies and scale, as well as having played a key role in establishing Uninor, Telenor’s subsidiary in India.
EVP and CEO Telenor Myanmar
- Appointed: 12 July 2013
- Stocks: 29 164 as of 29 February 2016
Background: Petter Furberg, born 1967, joined Telenor in 1999 and has held a number of senior management positions within the company, including dtac’s CFO and Chief Marketing Officer, where he oversaw product development, sales and marketing. He also previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Financial Services at Telenor Group. Prior to joining Telenor he held senior positions with the Norwegian Parliament and Norwegian Ministry of Finance.
Morten Karlsen Sørby
EVP and Acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
- Stocks: 84 147 as of 29 February 2016
Background: Morten Karlsen Sørby, born 1959, joined Telenor in 1993 and has served in a number of executive positions. In 2014, Sørby was CEO of Uninor, Telenor’s wholly owned operations in India. He has previously served as the Executive Vice President in charge of corporate strategy and regulatory affairs in Telenor Group. Sørby was also the Executive Vice President and head of the Norwegian and Nordic mobile and fixed network operations of Telenor.
Education: Sørby holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Karlstad. He has also completed additional education from IMD in Switzerland and is a state-authorized public accountant in Norway.