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Hans Vestberg

Chairman & CEO

Verizon Communications

New Jersey, US

Hans Vestberg

Biography

Hans Vestberg is Chairman and 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 Verizon’s network architecture.

Prior to assuming his current roles, Hans served as Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer and 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. Verizon’s fiber network, an undersea cable network, also serves as a foundation for much of the global internet.

Hans’ international experience in telecommunications began in 1991 at Ericsson, a networking and telecommunications equipment and services company. There, he built a strong foundation of knowledge borne from a range of leadership positions. Due to his significant role in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization, he was named Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He was then named CEO in 2009, where he focused on advancing the firm’s transformation from a focus on hardware to a focus on software and services.

Hans is a noted philanthropist and is often invited to speak at industry conferences. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and on the Boards of the UN Foundation and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. In 2014 he was ranked #10 on Global Telecoms Business’ list of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry.

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

Hans Vestberg’s Newsfeed

New York Times and Verizon Offering 14 Million High School Students Free Access to Times Journalism

In a letter to readers, Times Company CEO Mark Thompson and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg wrote: “This effort builds on a recent commitment by Verizon and The New York Times to bring Times reporting to Title I schools across the nation...This is a difficult moment. The New York Times and Verizon are committed to helping students stay informed and engaged with each other and the world around them.”

Verizon says it won't disconnect coronavirus pandemic-impacted customers

"Now more than ever, we need to ensure that our customers, their families and businesses have the ability to connect to the internet even if they're facing financial hardship from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic," said Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO. 

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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.

Hans Vestberg’s Education

BA, Business Administration