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.