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.