Christian Albech appointed new CEO of Telenor Pakistan

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Telenor Pakistan today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Christian Albech as the company's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Christian will succeed Mr. Jon Eddy Abdullah from 1 March 2011.
"The Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint Christian Albech as Telenor Pakistan's new CEO. His extensive management experience and ability to drive innovation and deliver results will be a great benefit for the company. We are confident that Christian has the right qualifications to further develop an already successful company," said Hilde Tonne, Chairman of the Board of Telenor Pakistan, and Deputy Head Telenor Group Asia Region.

Telenor Pakistan was established in 2005, and is fully owned by Telenor Group. The company is the second largest mobile operator in the country, with close to 24 million customers by the end of third quarter 2010. The company has also pioneered the development of mobile financial services, enjoying international recognition for its Easypaisa mobile banking service.

"I have always appreciated new challenges, and I am therefore very pleased to be offered the opportunity to head Telenor Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan has proven itself as one of the Telenor Group's most successful operations. I bring with me a forward leaning, goal-oriented approach and a strong customer focus, and I am looking forward to start working with the Telenor Pakistan team of highly skilled employees," said Christian Albech.

Christian Albech has substantial experience from executive positions in the communication and media industry. He comes from the position as CEO of Telenor Broadcast, where he has been responsible for Telenor Group's portfolio of broadcast operations - Canal Digital, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, Norkring and Conax. At the end of third quarter 2010, these operations represented nine percent of Telenor Group's total revenues.

Christian Albech has been central in establishing and developing the Nordic pay-TV, driving the transition to digital TV, introducing HDTV, and launching several advanced new TV services. Mr. Albech also has extensive experience from serving on the board of directors of numerous national and international companies.

Patrik Hofbauer will succeed Mr. Albech as CEO in Telenor Broadcast. He also holds the position as CEO of Canal Digital.

"Broadcast has been a defining factor in my professional life. The assurance that Patrik now takes over as CEO gives me full confidence in the future development of Telenor Broadcast", said Christian Albech.

Glenn Mandelid
Director of Communications
Telenor Asia
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Jørgen Thaule
Director of Communications
Telenor Broadcast Holding AS
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