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Hans Vestberg

Chairman & CEO

Verizon Communications

New Jersey, US

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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 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.

Hans’ Newsfeed

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Announces the 2020 Citizens Awards Winners

Best Commitment to Education Program: Verizon Wireless
The Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) summer programs for Young Men of Color and Rural Young Women help to strengthen the pathway between STEM subjects, higher education, and STEM careers by offering a free accelerated boot camp for underserved middle school students that provides mentoring, the latest technology, and skills training. In 2019, the Young Men of Color program reached 2,177 students and the Rural Young Women program served 1,449 students. Verizon’s education initiative has provided more than $535M in market value toward STEM education.

Verizon
Verizon provides critical resources to the Skyhook Foundation

“I’m excited to announce our support of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation,” said Hans Vestberg. “At Verizon, our strategy is focused on using our network and 5G technology to advance human prosperity, and part of that is ensuring kids and communities have access to the tools and resources they need to actively engage in the world. The Skyhook Foundation lifts up youth who don’t have those opportunities, and we’re here to help close that gap.”

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Hans’ Background

Verizon Communications
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.
Ericsson
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.

Hans’ Gallery

Other Business Interests

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development
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.

Current Board Positions

The Performance Theatre
Chairman of the Advisory Board
Oslo, NO
The Performance Theatre is a community of leaders from business, policy, civil society and the arts who share a vision for a new kind of growth.

Previous Board Positions

Swedish Olympic Committee
Chairman
Stockholm, SE
The Swedish Olympic Committee organize the Swedish participation in the Olympics, choose the participants & run the "Elitprogrammet".
Hexagon AB
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

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network
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.
United Nations Foundation
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

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg: Investing in society is important for business
Interview
Oct 2020
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg discusses the importance of philanthropy and its role in good business. he details the importance of Investing in closing the digital divide, a move that will help all members of society, as well as businesses. Hans previously discussed this topic at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit, adding that it is crucial that companies step up now.
Talks at GS: Hans Vestberg
Interview
Sep 2020
New York, NY, USA
In this episode of Talks at GS, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg discusses the impact of the pandemic on global connectivity, the expanded use of Verizon’s network for consumers and businesses, and the future of 5G.
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Publications

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

Speaking Engagements

Fast Company Innovation Festival
Featured Speaker
Oct 2020
In a talk titled 'Connected World: A Conversation with Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg', Hans shared his insights on digital and human connections in a world where speed is everything.

Hans’ Education

University of Uppsala, Sweden
BA, Business Administration