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Telenor Appoints CEOs of Thai, Myanmar Units, Reshuffles Executive Team

Telenor Group has announced management changes in Asia, in addition to changes in the Group staff functions. The board of directors of Thai operator Dtac has appointed Alexandra Reich as its CEO, replacing Lars Ake Norling who has already accepted a position outside Telenor Group. Sharad Mehrotra has been appointed CEO of Telenor Myanmar.Reich joined Telenor Group in November 2016, and currently serves as CEO of Telenor Hungary and head of Telenor Group’s Central Eastern Europe cluster. His re-assignment to Dtac follows the sale of Telenor’s central European operations to PPF. He will take up the new position from 01 September.

Mehrotra joined Telenor in 2008 and has served in senior management positions in India and Myanmar, most recently as CEO of Telenor India. Mehrotra replaces Lars Erik Tellmann, who has been appointed to a senior position in Telenor’s Emerging Asia cluster supporting management, partnerships and business development of the cluster. The change is effective 1 August 2018.

In addition, Albern Murty, the CEO of Digi in Malaysia, will join Telenor Group’s executive management team as responsible for the Developed Asia cluster. Murty will retain his CEO position in Digi and oversee Telenor’s operations in Thailand and Malaysia, effective 1 August.

Additionally, Wenche Agerup, who currently serves as head of corporate affairs and member of Telenor Group’s executive management team, will head up a new unit called ‘Group Holdings’, which will be responsible for strengthening the follow-up and development of Telenor’s investments in digital growth areas, telco-adjacent businesses and other areas like real estate and global wholesale. Agerup will enter her new role from 1 July 2018. The process to find a new head of corporate affairs is ongoing, Telenor also said. In the interim, Hakon Bruaset Kjol, SVP and head of public and regulatory affairs will act in the role.

Telenor Group’s Financial Services and Health sector operations, active in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar, will change reporting lines to the Emerging Asia cluster.

Siri Birgitte Bang Berge, currently head of Group Legal, has been appointed general counsel, effective immediately. Severin Roald, who has served as SVP and head of group communications since 2015, has accepted a position outside Telenor. The process to find his replacement is ongoing. – Telecompaper

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