Telenor sets up Nordic Hub to boost 5G, IoT and enterprise

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The Hub is part of an ongoing regional reorganisations and is accompanied by changes to top management.

The Hub’s work will be applied across the company’s Nordic markets, with its enterprise efforts covering organisations of all sizes, from SMEs to the largest companies.

Jesper Hansen, currently CEO of Telenor Denmark, will join as the Nordic Hub’s Chief Operating Officer, from 1 August.

EVP Jukka Leinonen will continue is his roles as Head of Nordics and CEO of DNA in Finland.

Pursuing opportunities

“With a strong presence in the four Nordic markets, we are pursuing further growth opportunities across the region, through best-practice sharing, resource pooling and scaling of innovative products and solutions.

“This will increase customer value and improve the overall quality, service and experience in all Nordic markets,” said Leinonen.

Working closely with the company’s Nordic CEOs, the Hub’s team is designed to facilitate greater collaboration across the region, fostering growth and competitiveness.

“With Jukka at the helm of this united and collaborative force, we are well-positioned as a strong Nordic telco competitor. We recently merged our clusters in Asia (creating Asia Unit) as well as established a new Asia Hub (1 May 2020), with Jørgen C. A. Rostrup as Head of Asia.

“These steps help to ensure that we are fit for the future, ready to uncover new growth, and at all times keeping our increasingly advanced customers connected to what matters most,” says Sigve Brekke, President & CEO for Telenor Group (pictured).

Other moves at the top

Hansen will be succeeded by Lars Thomsen, now Acting Head of Commercial & Strategy, who will step down from Telenor’s Group Executive Management team to take on the CEO role in his native Denmark.

Anne Kvam, Head of Corporate Affairs, also steps out of Telenor’s Group Executive Management team. She will take on the responsibility to launch Telenor Group’s strategy and platform for achieving its climate ambitions, announced at the Capital Market Day in March.

“We will modify the Group Executive Management structure for Telenor, effective 1 June, in order to reflect a focused and streamlined organisation, designed to support our strategic ambitions for growth, modernisation and responsible business,” said Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.

“With these changes, we will have 43% women in the executive management, exceeding our 35% target, as well as three nationalities. We will continue working on increased diversity in all levels of our organisation, and this is another step in the right direction.”