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Cordant Group PLC
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Crestview Partners

Hans Vestberg

New Jersey, US

Chairman & CEO

Verizon Communications

Hans Vestberg

Biography

Hans Vestberg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications, a leading global provider of wireless, fiber-optic and Internet networks and services. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2018 and Chairman in March 2019, Mr. Vestberg was responsible for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. At Verizon, he has focused on delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets consisting of the country’s leading 4G LTE network, the largest 5G test-bed in the U.S., the nation’s biggest residential fiber network, a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s internet traffic, and fiber assets in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.

Prior to Verizon, Hans served for six years as President and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company that provides 35 percent of the world’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructures.

Hans gained broad international experience with leadership positions on four continents over his first decade since joining in 1991. He was pivotal in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization, which grew three-fold and he was named Ericsson’s Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He then became CEO in 2009, leading over 115,000 staff to transform the firm from focusing on hardware to software & services.

A keen philanthropist, Hans sits on many boards and is a leading voice at industry conferences. In 2014, he was ranked #10 on Global Telecoms Business’ list of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry.

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

Hans Vestberg’s Newsfeed

How Important is Education and Innovation and What Does This Mean for Our SDG’s?

Emmanuel Nyame, Co-founder of Social Good Ghana, Co-founder & CEO of Educom.World, and +SocialGood Advisor, and Hans Vestberg, Verizon Chairman and CEO, spoke about the importance of education, innovation, and the SDGs at this year’s Social Good Summit.

Wall Street Journal
Verizon Sponsors New York Times Subscriptions for High Schools

“Helping education is an area in which we are heavily invested,” said Verizon Chief Executive Hans Vestberg. “This is how you advance social mobility and is very important to us.”

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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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Hans Vestberg’s Education

BA, Business Administration