Nilsson quits as Tele2 Group CEO - Mobile World Live

Nilsson quits as Tele2 Group CEO

06 JUL 2020

Swedish operator Tele2 Group announced CEO Anders Nilsson (pictured) was headed for the exit following a near two-year term, with former Veon COO Kjell Morten Johnsen lined up to replace him.

In a statement, Tele2 said Nilsson was leaving for personal reasons, with Johnsen set to take on the role on 15 September. Nilsson had previously indicated a desire to leave this year, provided “a solid succession plan was in place”.

Johnsen brings more than 20 years experience in the telecoms sector, with a spell as head of Telenor Europe in addition to his Veon tenure.

Tele2 chair Carla Smits-Nusteling said Johnsen’s “vast experience” in telecom leadership positions “will be a great asset” for the company.

Johnson noted the company had “gone through an impressive transformation journey” in recent years and forecast a “bright future” for the group.

Under Nilsson’s leadership, Tele2 completed the integration of cable company Com Hem two years ahead of schedule, after acquiring it in November 2018 for $3.2 billion.

Nilsson was Com Hem CEO during the process and took over as Tele2 chief from Alison Kirkby when the acquisition was finalised.



Manny Pham

Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor....

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