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: Olaug Svarva

Olaug-Svarva_110Elected Vice Chair in 2007, re-elected in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Background: Olaug Svarva was appointed managing director of Folketrygdfondet (Norway’s Government Pension Fund) in February 2006. She arrived from a position as Director of Investment in the Norwegian financial group Sparebank 1 Livsforsikring. Prior to her employment with Sparebank 1 Livsforsikring she worked with Folketrygdfondet for a period of 10 years.

Education: BSc degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Denver, USA. She is authorized as a portfolio manager by the Norwegian Society of Financial Analysts.

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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 AB, Academedia AB, Syncron AB, Enoro Holding AS and The North Alliance AS. She worked previously as a Director of Business Management in Microsoft, where she also held the position of Vice President of Product Marketing in Fast Search. 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. 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 the CEO of the Norwegian company Viking Heat Engines AS. He has been a member of the Norwegian Parliament and has been a political adviser and state secretary to the Norwegian Minister of Trade. He has been the Director General of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), and the CEO of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO).

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

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Anne Kvam

Anne-Kvam_110Elected as 1st deputy member in 2015, re-elected as member in 2016 and 2017.

Background:  Anne Kvam is a Principal Consultant Sustainability in DNV GL, headquartered in Norway. She has held management positions in the Norwegian Central Bank (Norges Bank), and the manufacturer of paper and pulp manufacturer Norske Skog. She is a deputy board member of Folketrygdfondet (The Government Pension Fund, Norway).

Education:  Law degree from the University of Oslo, Norway and an MBA from University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Didrik Munch


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

 Background: Didrik Munch is the CEO of the Norwegian media group Schibsted Norge AS. Munch was the CEO of the newspaper Bergens Tidende AS from 1997 to 2008. Munch is Board Chair of Bergens Tidende AS, Aftenposten AS, VG AS, Schibsted Vekst AS, and AS. He also sits on the board of Lerøy Seafood Group AS, Grieg Star AS, Mowinckel Management AS, and Mediebedriftenes Landsforening.

Previous positions also include Division Director of the business market at DnB, and   lawyer with the Norwegian Police Force.

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.

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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Jeanine Lilleng

Elected in 2017 as member.

Observers for the employees

Ronald Steen


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

Background: Ronald Steen has been employee representative for the Norwegian trade union EL & IT Forbundet since 2000, and has been working for Telenor since 1972. Mr. Steen served as an Operations Engineer at Telenor. He has been a board member at Telenor Telecom Solutions, later Telenor Norge AS.

Education: Ronald Steen is a qualified engineer from Østfold University College and Narvik University College, Norway.

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Vegard Aas

Elected in 2017 as observer.

Background: Vegard Aas is Head of Innovation 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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Deputy members elected by the employees

Laila Fjelde Olsen
Mona Irene Børøen
Hege Nøttestad
Tommy Dybdal
Pål Ligaard
Therese Nesseth Tørlen
Tarald Trønnes
Nicholas Struan Robertson
Haakon Bratsberg
Espen Egeberg Christiansen
Morten Fallstein
Sune Johannes Jakobsson
Håkon Lønsethagen