CEOs in our Business Units

Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 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, Code of Conduct, Group Policies and Procedures and Leadership Expectations.

Berit Svendsen

CEO of Telenor Norway,EVP Scandinavia Cluster

  • Appointed: 14 September 2011
  • Stocks: 38 597

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, SAS 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).

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Patrik Hofbauer

CEO of Telenor Sweden

  • Appointed: 1 August 2014
  • Stocks: 24 988

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.

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Jesper Hansen

CEO of Telenor Denmark

  • Appointed: 1 June 2015
  • Stocks: 21 782

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.

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Alexandra Reich

CEO of Telenor Hungary,EVP CEE Cluster

  • Appointed: 1 November 2016
  • Stocks: 2 569

Background: Alexandra Reich, born in 1963 and an Austrian national, has served as EVP and Head of Mobile Business for Swisscom Enterprise since 2014, after joining the Swiss company in 2009. Having initially started her career in investment banking, Reich became a pioneer in the online business with her first own digital business start-up in 1986. In 2001, Reich joined the telecommunications industry, holding roles at VIAG Interkom, General Manager of T-Online Austria, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at 3G Hutchison Austria and COO for private customers at Sunrise in Zurich.

Education: Reich holds a Business Management Degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria.

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Ingeborg Øfsthus

CEO of Telenor Montenegro and Serbia

  • Appointed: 1 March 2016
  • Stocks: 5 638

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).

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Ole Bjørn Sjulstad

CEO of Telenor Bulgaria

Appointed: 1 August 2017

Background: During his nearly 17 years spent with Telenor Group, Ole Bjørn has accumulated a broad experience in Asia, Norway and Eastern Europe. Ole Bjørn joined Telenor in 2000 as Vice President of the Asian regional office in Singapore and later as Managing Director. After that he moved to Norway and continued focusing on emerging markets in Asia as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Development. In March 2007, he joined Telenor’s CEE region, while from March 2009 he served as Head of Telenor’s representative office in Moscow, Russia, for six years. Most recently and for the past two years, Ole Bjørn is the Chief Corporate Development Officer in Telenor Hungary.

Education: Sjulstad holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Kongsberg Ingeniørhøgskole and he completed the Program for Executive Development at IMD, Lausanne in October 2008.

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Michael Foley

CEO of Grameenphone

  • Appointed: 1 August 2016
  • Stocks: 10 782

Background: Michael Foley, most recently served as CEO of Telenor Pakistan before joining Telenor Bulgaria as CEO. He 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.

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Lars-Åke Norling

EVP Developed Asia Cluster and CEO of dtac,Thailand

  • Appointed: 1 April 2015
  • Stocks: 34 213

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.

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Albern Murty

CEO of Digi,Malaysia

  • Appointed: 1 April 2015
  • Stocks: 16 688

Background: Albern Murty, born 1972, was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2015. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd. Since joining Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd in 2002, he has held roles in Project Planning and Controls, Product Management and Product Development, and as Head of Strategy and New Business, Acting Co-Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. 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 Advertising Management from Portland State University, Oregon, USA.

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Irfan Wahab Khan

CEO of Telenor Pakistan

  • Appointed: 1 August 2016
  • Stocks: 5 675

Background: Irfan Wahab Khan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Pakistan on 1 August 2016. He was serving at the position of Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telenor Pakistan since April 2013. He has been with Telenor for 12 years and was the first employee in Telenor Pakistan when he started as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Division in 2004. Since then he has served in various positions within Telenor Group both in Asia and Europe, including Vice President Devices and Vice President – Head of Asia Distribution. Mr. Khan is also a Board Member of Tameer Microfinance Bank.

Education: Business Management Program (2013 – 2013) INSEAD, Advance Management Program, Business Management (2013 – 2013) INSEAD (SG), Marketing for Senior Executives (2007 – 2007) London Business School, Financial management, Executive Management Program (2006 – 2006) Harvard Business School, MSC, Mobile and Personal communications Engineering (1993 – 1994) University of Westminster London UK, BSC, Electrical Telecom Engineering (1987 – 1992) University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

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Lars Erik Tellmann

CEO Telenor Myanmar

  • Appointed: 1 August 2016
  • Stocks: 17 361

Background: Before becoming CEO, Tellmann served as CFO of Telenor Myanmar since July 2013. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Development in Telenor Asia. Tellmann has also served as Director and Board Member in a number of Telenor’s publicly listed mobile companies in the region. He joined Telenor in 2001, and has served Telenor Group in South-East Asia for over eight years.

Education: Tellmann holds a Master of Science in Business (M.Sc.) from University of Nordland (UIN) and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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