Oddvar Hesjedal new Executive Vice President in Telenor Group

Telenor Group today announced that Mr. Oddvar Hesjedal has been appointed to the position as Executive Vice President and Head of People Development. Oddvar Hesjedal will start in his new position on 14 March 2011. The position includes responsibility of Telenor Group HR operations and development, corporate responsibility, HSSE, event and corporate staff management.

Published: 11 March 2011 12:09

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Oddvar Hesjedal comes from the position as CEO of Grameenphone, the leading mobile operator in Bangladesh. He has served as CEO of Grameenphone since November 2008. Oddvar also served as Grameenphone’s Chief Technology Officer since June the same year. Prior to joining Grameenphone, he has held various top management positions within the Telenor Group, including the position as CTO and COO of Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar and head of R&D.

“I am very pleased that Oddvar has accepted the position as Executive Vice President, and that he takes the responsibility of developing our people and organization further. Oddvar returns to Oslo, after doing a great job in Grameenphone and Kyivstar. Gaining experience from different markets and cultures is essential in Telenor’s leadership philosophy and to the Telenor Way of doing business. I am certain that this appointment will benefit Telenor Group as an international company”, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

“I am excited to get the opportunity to work together with a team of skilled professionals to continue developing Telenor as an attractive workplace, promote mobility and collaboration across the group and stimulate sharing of knowledge and best practices between our different markets,” said Oddvar Hesjedal.

Before he joined the Telenor Group, Oddvar Hesjedal was CEO of software and consultancy companies in Norway and Sweden. He has a Masters degree in computer science from the University of Oslo. Hesjedal is 60 years old, married and has three daughters.

The current EVP and Head of People and Development, Ingvald Fergestad, will continue his role as advisor to the CEO. This is the role he held prior to the temporary task of also heading people and development.

“I am thankful for the energy and dedication Ingvald displayed during his tenure at heading the people and development unit. It provided us with the necessary time to find a permanent solution and it gives Oddvar a good starting point”, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

Esben Tuman, Vice President and Head of Media Relations, Telenor Group,
Tel: +47 905 08 400, E-mail: esben.tuman@telenor.com