Corporate Assembly

Pursuant to Norwegian law, the Telenor Group has a Corporate Assembly and a Board of Directors.

The Corporate Assembly – a distinctly Norwegian body – is primarily a supervisory body which supervises the Board’s management of company business.

The Corporate Assembly also has decision making powers in limited, but important, areas. One important task for the Corporate Assembly is the election of members to the Board.

The Corporate Assembly has a total of 15 members who are appointed for a period of two years. Members might be reelected. The shareholders elect ten of these members, with alternates, and five are selected from and by the employees. At the Annual General Meeting held 10 May 2017, the shareholder elected members were elected for two years.

Members elected by the shareholders

Chair: Anders Skjævestad


Elected as member in 2009, re-elected in 2011, re-elected as Chair in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Anders Skjævestad is the CEO of DNB Livsforsikring ASA. He has held positions in Arthur Andersen & Co (Norway) and Price WaterhouseCoopers (USA and Norway). He is the chairman and board member of several DNB owned companies and member of Bergen Næringsråd (Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Education: Certified public accountant from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business administration (NHH).

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Vice Chair: Lars Tronsgaard

Elected Vice Chair in 2018

Background: Lars Tronsgaard is acting Deputy Managing Director in Folketrygdfondet. He started in Folketrygdfondet in 1992. He has background from Realkreditt, Chase Manhatten Bank, Norcrem and Den norske Creditbank.

Education: Master’s Degree in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School and is an authorized stockbroker.

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Silvija Seres


Elected as member in 2011, re-elected in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Silvija Seres is an independent investor, strategic advisor and board member in several companies, including NORDEA ABP, Academedia AB, DNV GL, NRK and Oslo Stock Exchange. She worked previously as a Director of Business Management in Microsoft, and as a Vice President of Product Marketing in Fast Search &Transfer. Prior to this she served as a Prize Fellow at University of Oxford, England, and as a researcher at DEC SRC in Silicon Valley, USA.

Education: PhD in Mathematics from University of Oxford, England, and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

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Siri Pettersen Strandenes


Elected as deputy in 2003, re-elected as deputy in 2005, 2007, re-elected as member in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Siri Pettersen Strandenes is a professor in economics at Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) – Centre for International Economics and Shipping , Institute of Economics. She is also Scientific Advisor at the Foundation for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF).

Education: MSc (1973) and HAE (1978), from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH).

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Tore Onshuus Sandvik

Tore-Sandvik_110Elected as member in 2011, re-elected in 2013, 2015 and 2107.

Background: Tore Onshuus Sandvik has been the Mayor of Sør-Trøndelag County in Norway since 2003, and is also Chairman of the Norwegian Country Mayor College since 2007. Elected Mayor for the merged county Trøndelag from 2018. He is a former State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Education: Studies in world history and psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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John Gordon Bernander


Elected as member in 2013, re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

Background: John G. Bernander is owner and Director of the norwegian private company, Tophdal AS. He has been a member of the Norwegian Parliament and has worked as a political adviser and State Secretary (Deputy Minister) to the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry. Bernander was CEO of the maritime insurance company, Gard P&I(mutual) from 1993-2001. He was the Director General of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) from 2001-2007, and the CEO of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) from 2009-12.

Education: Law degree from the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Didrik Munch


Elected as member in 2013, re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

Background: Didrik Munch stepped down from the Norwegian media group, Schibsted Norge AS, in February 2018 (at age 62). He now works primarily with his board positions and does consultancy engagement through Munch AS. He is Chair of the Board of Storebrand ASA and SH Holding AS (Solstrand Fjordhotell). He is Member of the Board of Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, Grieg Star AS and Schibsted Media AS.

Education: MSc in Law from the University of Bergen, Norway, and a graduate of the Norwegian Police University College.

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Widar Salbuvik

Widar-Salbuvik_110Elected as member in 2013, re-elected in 2015 and 2017.

Background: Widar Salbuvik is the Manager and Owner of Wisa Holding A/S – a private company that manages investments and securities. He is a board member of the Oslo Stock Exchange, and a member of the Corporate Assembly of the Norwegian bank DNB ASA (the listed company) and its subsidiaries for banking and insurance.

Education: MSc. Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration – NHH.

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Jostein Christian Dalland

Elected as member in 2017.

Background: Jostein Christian Dalland is Executive Vice President Digital Business Development in Storebrand. He has held several top management positions in Storebrand and Orkla as well as been the CEO for the a publicly listed biotech company now part of the Aker-group. He is on the board of several Storebrand companies.

Education: Siviløkonom and Master of Technology Management from NTNU.

Heidi Finskas

Elected as member in 2018

Background: Heidi Finskas is Vice President for Corporate Responsibility in KLP. She started in KLP 2008. Previously Finskas has been Chair of the board in Norsif and a member of the board (employee representative) in KLP Kapitalforvaltning. Today Finskas is the leader of the Nomination Committee of Q-Free.

Education: She has master in Political Science from the Univeristy of Oslo, a Diploma for Graduates Finance from London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Journalism and International Relations from University of Helsinki.

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Deputy members elected by the shareholders

Maalfrid Brath

Elected as 1st deputy member in 2016, re-elected in 2017.

Background: Born in 1965 and lives in Bærum, Norway. Brath is the Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Norway, a position she has held since 2009. She has previously held several positions in Storebrand ASA, including Executive Vice President (EVP) Business Development, Corporate Finance & M&A and EVP Private Sector Distribution and EVP Retail Market. Brath is a State Authorized Public Accountant from the Norwegian School of Economics and holds a Master degree in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School. Nominated for election as the first deputy member.

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Elin Merete Myrmel-Johansen

Elin-Merete_Myrmel-Johansen_110Elected as member in 2009, re-elected 2011, 2013 and 2015, re-elected as 2nd deputy member in 2017.

Background: Elin Merete Myrmel-Johansen is the Director of Communications and Sustainability at Norwegian State Railways (NSB). Prior to NSB she held the position as Director of Communications at the Norwegian insurance group Storebrand ASA. She was with the Storebrand Group from 2000 to 2017, where she has held positions within brand management, strategy implementation and sustainability. She was part of the Executive Management Group from 2008-2011, and is a board member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Education: Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), England and Cand.polit. from the University of Bergen, Norway.

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Ingvild Nybø Holth


Elected as 3rd deputy in 2005, re-elected in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Now retired, Ingvild Nybø Holth was a business political adviser for NHO Vestfold (a regional division of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) from 1996 to 2012. She has held a number of elected positions in the Norwegian Conservative Party, on both municipality and county level. She was a member of Sandefjord City Council from 1980 to 1992.

Education: Compulsory schooling – Norway.

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Members elected by the employees

May Iren Arnøy

Elected as deputy in 2013, and 2015, re-elected as member in 2017.

Background: May-Iren Arnøy is employee representative for EL og IT (The Electrician and IT workers union) in Telenor Norway, division Business. She also work in Costumer Service as a MTK (My Telenor Contact) for Business consumer. She has been employed by Telenor since 2004.

Education: Business economy, from Molde college.

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Hege Ottesen


Elected as observer in 2013, re-elected as member in 2015, re-elected in 2017.

Background: Hege Ottesen is employee representative for the trade union Negotia in Telenor Norway AS, division Mobile and Technology, and has held this position since 2012. She is also deputy employee representative for the board of Telenor Norway.  She has been employed by Telenor since 1987.

Education: Oslo Business College, Norway.

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Tom Westby

Elected in 2015 as deputy, re-elected in 2016 as observer, re-elected in 2017 as member.

Background: Contracts Director, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS (TSBc), Board member in TSBc and Telenor Broadcast Holding AS. He has been an employee representative for Tekna since 2006.

Education: MBA from University of New Orleans, USA, and an Engineering degree from University of Wyoming.

Magnhild Øvsthus Hanssen


Elected in 2007 as member, re-elected in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Magnhild Øvsthus Hanssen is a Production engineer at Telenor Operation & Maintenance and has been working at Telenor since 1998, and has been employee representative for NITO (Norwegian Society of Engineers) since 2000.

Education: Bachelor in electronics engineering from Bergen University College, Norway.

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Vegard Aas

Elected in 2017 as observer. Member from 2018.

Background: Vegard Aas is VP, Head of Internet access at Telenor Group, and employee representative for Future Alliance. Prior to this role, he worked as Director Group Strategy, where he led the work on Digital and Financial Services strategies, and was responsible for Myanmar and Pakistan. He was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group for 5 years, focusing on IT and telecom. Vegard also has experience as information officer in the Norwegian army and also ran his own startup within communication, web services and marketing.

Education: He has a MSc in Industrial Economy and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and NUS in Singapore, focusing on innovation management. He has also done specialization training in innovation and entrepreneurship with MIT, Sloan School of Management and Harvard Extension School.

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Observers for the employees

Mona Irene Børøen

Observer in Corporate Assembly from 1 November, 2018

Background: Mona Irene Børøen has been an employee of Telenor Global Services since 2009, and an employee representative since 2017. She has been employed by Telenor since 1987.


Haakon Bratsberg

Background: Haakon Bratsberg is VP, Telenor Group Legal, and employee representative for Future Alliance. He has been working at the intersection between law, technology and strategy since he first joined Telenor Research in 1998. He has also been product counsel and privacy officer in Opera Software ASA, and VP in Telenor Group Public and Regulatory Affairs.

Education: He holds the degrees cand. jur. (Candidate of Law) from University of Oslo, and MBA from Norwegian School of Economics.

Deputy members elected by the employees

Laila Fjelde Olsen
Mona Irene Børøen
Hege Nøttestad
Tommy Dybdal
Pål Ligaard
Swati Sharma
Christian Uribe
Espen Egeberg Christiansen
Morten Fallstein
Sune Johannes Jakobsson
Håkon Lønsethagen