Petter Furberg to head Telenor Myanmar

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Telenor Group has appointed Petter Furberg as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telenor Myanmar, effective from when the company receives formal approval from the relevant Myanmar authorities. Mr. Furberg presently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Thailand’s second-largest mobile operator, dtac, of which Telenor is a majority shareholder. He will be responsible for the rapid roll-out of a modern telecommunications network and related services to the benefit of the entire Myanmar population.
“Telenor has called on one of its most experienced and competent executives to form a strong leadership team to guide our greenfield operation in Myanmar towards success. Mr. Furberg’s appointment as CEO is testament to his excellent record of achievement with Telenor, including more than a decade working in Asia. His proven operational experience places Mr. Furberg in the best position to steer Telenor in this critical next stage in the implementation of our business strategy and development in Myanmar,” said Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor Asia.

Mr. Brekke added: “Today’s leadership team announcement lays down a strong foundation for Telenor’s commitment as a long-term partner to Myanmar. Each member of the executive team has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities in driving our businesses in many Asian markets and the team is strongly positioned to leverage Telenor’s experience and cutting-edge technology to help Myanmar develop a modern telecom industry that will support achievement of its economic development objectives.”

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead Telenor Myanmar at this very exciting time in the country’s emerging telecommunications industry. The executive management team that has been put in place combines a vast amount of global industry experience with a deep understanding of Asia and I am confident that we will fulfill our promise of bringing high quality, accessible and affordable mobile services to people throughout Myanmar,” said Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

Mr. Furberg added: “One of Telenor’s core principles is to build operations with a strong ‘people-centric’ culture because we believe the quality of our people, their dedication to our company and what we stand for are the foundations of Telenor’s success. This is a value we uphold in all of the markets where we operate and we will do the same in Myanmar, investing in the growth and development of a team of top local talent.”

Since joining Telenor 14 years ago, Mr. Furberg has held a number of senior management positions within the company, including dtac’s CFO and Chief Marketing Officer, where he oversaw product development, sales and marketing. He also previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Financial Services at Telenor Group. Prior to joining Telenor he held senior positions with the Norwegian Parliament and Norwegian Ministry of Finance.

Telenor also announced the appointment of other members of Telenor Myanmar’s executive management team. All appointments are pending approval from the Myanmar government.

Ms. Tipayarat Kaewsringarm has been appointed Chief People Officer of Telenor Myanmar. Previously with dtac, she has held a number of senior positions during the six years that she was with the company, including Head of the Project Management Office for the CEO, Chief Customer Officer and most recently, Chief People Officer.

Mr. Lars Erik Tellmann has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Senior Vice President of Telenor Asia where he supported implementation of cross-border projects.

Mr. Prathet Tankuranun has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Formerly the Head of the Network Operation Division at dtac, Mr. Tankuranun led the company’s 3G roll-out in Thailand.

Mr. Sharad Mehrotra has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Previously the Head of Distribution Program at Telenor Asia, he was responsible for achieving regional synergies and scale in all five of Telenor’s Asian operations. Mr. Mehrotra played a key role in establishing Uninor, Telenor’s operation in India and was part of its management team.

Mr. Gunnar Bertelsen has been appointed the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. He was previously Vice President Regulatory and Government Relations of Telenor Asia. Mr. Bertelsen has worked with Telenor for 15 years, covering Government Relations, Regulatory and Legal aspects, both at the Telenor Group level and in operating companies, including four years at dtac as Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs

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Mr. Petter Furberg

Ms. Tipayarat Kaewsringarm

Mr. Lars Erik Tellmann

Mr. Prathet Tankuranun

Mr. Sharad Mehrotra

Mr. Gunnar Bertelsen


For further information, please contact:

Glenn Mandelid
Director of Communications
Telenor Group region Asia
(66) 82 440 1122

Dag Melgaard
Communication Manager
Telenor Group
+47 901 92 000