CEOs in our Business Units

Telenor Group has mobile operations in 9 markets. The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are the highest-ranking corporate officers (executives) in the management of our Business Units around the world. The CEOs are responsible for and shall ensure that business units are run and developed in accordance with Telenor’s way of doing business; the governance and organisational culture through the Purpose, Behaviours and Code of Conduct.

Petter-Børre Furberg

CEO of Telenor Norway

  • Appointed: 1 April 2019
  • Stocks: 42 552

Background: Petter-Børre Furberg has extensive experience from several of Telenor’s operations and business areas. Since joining the company in 1998, he has held a number of senior management positions, including EVP, Cluster Head for Emerging Asia and part of Telenor’s Group Executive Management, CEO in Myanmar and Bangladesh, CFO and CMO in dtac, Thailand, and Head of Financial Services for Telenor Group based at Fornebu. Furberg started his Telenor career in the finance department of Telenor International in Norway. Today he is CEO of Telenor Norway and member of Group Executive Management (GEM). Prior to joining Telenor he held senior positions with the Norwegian Parliament and Norwegian Ministry of Finance.

Education: Furberg holds a degree in economics and business administration based on a four year programme (Siviløkonom) from the Norwegian School of Economics and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (AFA/CEFA).

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Kaaren Hilsen

CEO of Telenor Sweden

  • Appointed: 1 March 2019

Background: Kaaren Hilsen, born 1972, first joined Telenor in 2000, and she has since then held a number of senior positions across the Nordics, Asia and Eastern Europe. Most recently she was Chief Financial Officer in Telenor Sweden (2013-2017) and then served as Group CFO for Betsson AB for a short period of time, before returning as CEO of Telenor Sweden (in 2019). Prior to that, she has held the positions as CEO (2011-2013) and Chief Financial Officer (2009-2011) for Telenor Montenegro. Her previous experience also includes investor relations and business management roles in Telenor’s Asian operations in Thailand and Singapore.

Education: Kaaren holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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Jukka Leinonen

CEO of DNA,Finland

  • Appointed: 25 November 2013

Background: Jukka Leinonen has over 30 years of experience from ICT industry. Leinonen has worked at DNA since 2010, when he joined the company as Senior Vice President, Corporate Business. In 2013 he was appointed CEO of DNA. During 2002-2009 he held various senior  management positions in corporate business sales, marketing and product management at TeliaSonera Ltd. During 1996-1999 he served as President and CEO for Sonera Solutions Oy. In addition to his role as CEO of DNA, Leinonen is head of Telenor Group’s Nordic Cluster, consisting of Telenor Sweden, Telenor Denmark, Telenor Norway and DNA, Finland.

Education: Master of Science, Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

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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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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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Alexandra Reich

CEO of dtac,Thailand

  • Appointed: 20 August 2018
  • Stocks: 2 569

Background: Alexandra Reich, born in 1963 and an Austrian national, came to Telenor in 2016 as CEO of Telenor Hungary. Prior to joining Telenor, Reich served as EVP and Head of Mobile Business for Swisscom Enterprise from 2014-2016, after joining the Swiss company in 2009. She initially started her career in investment banking, and 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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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 and is also Head of Telenor’s Emerging Asia Cluster. Earlier, he held the role of Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Telenor Pakistan, a role he took on in April 2013. He has been with Telenor since 2004, when he became the first employee of Telenor Pakistan, serving as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Division. 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 Telenor Microfinance Bank.

Education: Business Management Program (2013 – 2013) INSEAD, Advanced 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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Sharad Mehrotra

CEO Telenor Myanmar

  • Appointed: 1 August 2018
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Background: Served as CEO of Telenor India, a position he has held since 2015. Sharad Mehrotra joined Telenor ten years ago as part of the core management team launching operations in India. Based on this experience, he moved on to develop best practices in sales and distribution for Telenor operations across the entire Asian region, based in Bangkok. In 2013, he was appointed the first CMO in Telenor Myanmar, and helped launch and build the company during its first two years of commercial operations. Prior to joining Telenor, he served in companies such as Aircel, Ericsson and BPL Telecom in India.

Education: Sharad Mehrotra holds a BE degree in Electronics engineering from Pune University and an MBA in marketing management. He is an Indian national.

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