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Chairman & CEO

Verizon Communications

New Jersey, US

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Hans Vestberg’s 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. 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 was formed in 2012 with the goals of promoting sustainable development initiatives and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement.

Hans was also recently named as the inaugural Chair of the Edison Alliance, a World Economic Forum-affiliated organization comprised of global telecom leaders with the aim of accelerating digital inclusion and closing the digital divide. He also serves on the Boards of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, an NGO aiding citizens impacted by violence and conflict, and Childhood USA, a part of the Queen of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation.

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

CNBC
NFL names Verizon 5G partner in 10-year deal, promising enhanced fan experiences at stadiums

In an announcement, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg praised the deal, noting how this longstanding relationship has created new ways to bring fans closer to the action on the field. Vestberg also said Verizon’s work with the NFL has the potential to improve player training and overall venue operations.

Verizon
Verizon Foundation donates $100,000 to support Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana

With Hurricane Ida causes significant damage in the gulf region, the Verizon Foundation has made a $100,000 donation to the Foundation for Louisiana. Verizon’s donation will support the Hurricane Ida Relief Fund for Evacuation and Recovery to aid Louisiana communities that have suffered due to the storm devastation.

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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

Current Board Positions

The EDISON Alliance
Chairman
Feb 2021 - Present
Davos, CH
The EDISON Alliance cultivates meaningful partnerships between leaders in government and industry during a multi-year journey to enhance the case for rapid digital development. It does this by building a “network of networks” to identify and scale new and existing strategies, projects, and initiatives leveraging connectivity as a key lever across the Sustainable Development Goals.
BlackRock
Board of Directors
May 2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Founded in 1988, BlackRock, Inc is a global investment management corporation, with over $9 trillion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2021). BlackRock currently stands as the world’s largest asset manager.
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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
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 of Directors
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 on network investment, Spectrum auction
Interview
Apr 2021
Hans Vestberg joined CNBC's Squawk Box morning show to discuss the current demand for Verizon's service during the first quarter of 2021 as well as how the company has been investing into its network.
Verizon CEO: Small and medium businesses are showing lower activity
Interview
Jan 2021
Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon, joins 'Squawk Alley' to discuss his outlook for consumer demand and how the space will change after the pandemic.
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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.

Memberships

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.

Speaking Engagements

Accelerating Digital Inclusion in a Post-COVID World
Panel Member
Jan 2021
Hans Vestberg joined other leaders for this session that is associated with The EDISON Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative that mobilizes a global movement to tackle digital deserts. The panel addresses how the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide and what policies, practices and partnerships are needed to drive digitization and and connect the unconnected.
CES 2021
Keynote Address
Jan 2021
Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg delivers the kick-off keynote at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. "Our world has experienced significant change since we last took the keynote stage at CES in 2019, Hans began. "There’s been an extreme acceleration in the digital revolution, and at the heart of that transformation is 5G technology."
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Hans’ Education

University of Uppsala, Sweden
BA, Business Administration