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.

Anders Skjævestad

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Chair: Elected 2012 – member of Corporate Assembly since 2009

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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Olaug Svarva

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Deputy Chair: Elected in 2007, re-elected in 2015

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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Members elected by the shareholders

Silvija Seres

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2011 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

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

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2008 elected, 2015 – re-elected

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

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2011 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

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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Elin Merete Myrmel-Johansen

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2009 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

Background: Elin Merete Myrmel-Johansen is the Director of Communications at the Norwegian insurance group Storebrand ASA. She has been with the Storebrand Group since 2000 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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John Gordon Bernander

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2013 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

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

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2015 – elected 1st deputy member, 2016 – elected member

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

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2013 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

 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 FINN.no 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

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2013 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

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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Deputy members elected by the shareholders

Maalfrid Brath

2016 – elected 1st deputy member

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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Nils-Edvard Olsen

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2003 – elected member, 2009 – elected 2nd deputy member

Background: Now retired Nils-Edvard Olsen has held several management positions in his municipality, Sør-Varanger, in Norway, and was its Mayor from 1982 to 1989. He was board member of Coop Norge (Norway) from 1997 to 2000 and its chairman of the board from 2000 to 2004.

Education: School teacher education from Tromsø Lærerhøgskole (today a part of the Arctic University in Norway).

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Ingvild Nybø Holth

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2005 – elected 3rd deputy, 2015 –  re-elected

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

Roger Rønning

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2007 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

Background: Roger Rønning is employee representative for the union Negotia in Telenor Norway AS, has held this position since 2007, and has been employed by Telenor since 1985. He is deputy chairman and board member of Negotia Telenor and deputy board member of Telenor Norway AS.

Education: NKS IT and NKS Marketing (correspondence studies), and internal courses in Telenor.

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Espen Egeberg Christiansen

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2015 – elected

Background: Espen Egeberg Christiansen has been an employee representative in Telenor Broadcast representing NITO (Norwegian Society of Engineers) since 2007. He is head of the society’s unit in Norkring and is board member of Norkring since 2007. He has been working in Telenor since 2000 and is now a technical expert in Norkring

Education: Engineer within telecommunication from Gjøvik University College, now a part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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Ronald Steen

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2015 – elected

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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Magnhild Øvsthus Hanssen

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2007 – elected, 2015 – re-elected

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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Hege Ottesen

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2015 – elected

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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Observers for the employees

Laila Fjelde Olsen

2013 – elected deputy member, 2016 – elected observer

Background: Laila Fjelde Olsen has been employee representative for Negotia in Telenor Norway since 2012, and has been working for Telenor since 1981. Working today in Telenor Norway Fix & TV Delivery.

Education: 3-year high school general

Tom Westby

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2015 – elected deputy member, 2016 elected observer

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.

Deputy members elected by the employees

Morten Fallstein
May-Iren Arnøy
Marton Karlsen
Hege Nøttestad
Håkon Berdal
Tommy Dybdal
Bjørn Remseth
Siw Engstrøm
Anne Røli