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 being appointed CEO, 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, experiences that 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.
As a noted philanthropist, Hans dedicates his time 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. The UNSDSN is 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 Boards 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 Childhood USA, a part of the Queen of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation. He also 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.