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Hans Vestberg

Chairman & CEO

Verizon Communications

New Jersey, US

Hans Vestberg

Biography

Hans Vestberg is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications, one of the world’s leaders in wireless, fiber-optic, and internet services and networks. Since joining Verizon, he has played an integral role in furthering the development of the company’s extensive network architecture.

Prior to assuming his current roles, Hans served as Verizon’s CTO & President of Global Networks. In these roles, he was a leading figure in growing Verizon’s 4G LTE network, increasing research into the 5G network, and further developing the nation’s largest residential fiber network, now found in 45 out of 50 states. Before joining Verizon, Hans served as CEO of Ericsson, where he began his career in 1991. While at Ericsson, he worked in Sweden, China, Brazil, Mexico, and the US, roles that have served as the foundation for a renowned international career. He has been a featured speaker at many industry conferences and is often interviewed by top news sources, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and WSJ.

Hans is a noted philanthropist dedicated to myriad global causes. He serves on the Board of the United Nations Foundation and is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a council formed in 2012 with the goals of promoting sustainable development initiatives and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement. Hans also serves on the Board of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, an NGO that fosters the values of peace and social development in areas impacted by violence and conflict, and previously served as Chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee.

Hans is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish, and Portugese. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Hans Vestberg’s Newsfeed

Verizon
Verizon joins Amazon and Global Optimism in signing The Climate Pledge

Verizon commits to meeting the Paris Agreement 10 years early and vows to become carbon neutral by 2035. “Climate change is a global challenge that impacts everyone, and that is why we considered it vital to join The Climate Pledge,” said Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “Leaving future generations with a cleaner world is core to our values as a responsible business."

Business Insider
Verizon and NCMEC team up to fight child exploitation

Verizon donates over $1M in online advertising to help rescue missing children. “I am thrilled to announce this important new partnership between Verizon and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon Chairman and CEO. “As Verizon builds the networks capable of delivering revolutionary 5G experiences, we must stay focused on protecting children from new and existing forms of online harm. NCMEC does heroic work to fight online child exploitation and to help rescue missing children and we are proud to support these efforts.”

 

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Hans Vestberg’s Background

Chairman & CEO
Apr 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Verizon provide wireless, fiber-optic & internet networks & services globally. Hans joined in 2017 as Chief Technology Officer & President of Global Networks, he then became CEO in August 2018, and Chairman in March 2019.
President & CEO
1991 - 2017
Stockholm, SE
Hans early years with Ericsson proved he was instrumental in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization. In 2007 he became CFO & was named CEO in 2009. As CEO, he led more than 115,000 employees as the company transformed from a focus on hardware to software & services.

Other Business Interests

Founding Member
Geneva, CH
Hans is a Founding Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development where he led climate-change & digital-health initiatives. The Commission was established 2010 with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda & expanding broadband access in every country.

Previous Non-Executive Positions

Chairman
Stockholm, SE
The Swedish Olympic Committee organize the Swedish participation in the Olympics, choose the participants & run the "Elitprogrammet".
Vice Chairman
2017 - Aug 2018
Stockholm, SE
Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE), a state where data is connected seamlessly through the convergence of the physical world with the digital & intelligence is built-in to all processes.

Philanthropy

Member of the Leadership Council
New York, NY, USA
Hans helped author the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN mobilizes global scientific & technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & the Paris Climate Agreement.
Board Member
New York, NY, USA
The United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC) is a strategic advisory council designed to bring together successful, high-profile entrepreneurs & thought leaders who are committed to finding innovative solutions to global problems.
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Media

Interview
Davos, CH
Hans Vestberg, CEO of Verizon, joins "Squawk Box" at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the roll out of 5G, competition in the telecom space, the future of cable and more.
CNBC Interview
Mar 2020
New York, NY, USA
Verizon Communications president and CEO Hans Vestberg joins “Power Lunch” to discuss the company’s new investment in network infrastructure as coronavirus leaves more people working from home.

Publications

Jun 2020
New York, NY, USA
Hans Vestberg announces that Verizon will commit $10 million to aid organizations dedicated to equality and social justice.

Hans Vestberg’s Education

BA, Business Administration