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Hans Vestberg (Sweden)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS

Hans Vestberg is the Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications. Prior to his current position, he was the President of the Swedish Olympic Committee and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services

Mr. Vestberg held various management positions for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. He was Ericsson’s Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2009 before becoming President and CEO.

He is a leading advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals and for the potential of mobility, broadband and cloud solutions to tackle global challenges such as poverty, health, education, climate change, and humanitarian response. He is a founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, chairing the Commission’s climate-change working group as well as the Commission’s task group on the post-2015 development agenda. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

In Sweden, Mr. Vestberg is part of the Prime Minister’s National Innovation Council (Innovationsrådet), to strengthen the country’s competitiveness. He was also the founding private sector representative of the Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development, an initiative of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and some 20 CEOs from Swedish industry, which aim to find long term solutions to today’s major sustainable development challenges.

Mr. Vestberg’s leadership commitment can be seen just as much as in his personal life as his professional one. Outside of work, he is the chairman of the Swedish Handball Association, having played professionally for many years, and today is very much engaged in the development of youth through sports and building teams. He is also on the Advisory board of The Performance Theater Foundation.

In 2014, Hans Vestberg was ranked #10 on Global Telecoms Business’ list of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry. He is a leading voice at industry conferences including Mobile World Congress, Code/Mobile and the Consumer Electronics Show. He is also a member of the Telecom Governors of the World Economic Forum.