A few questions to The Chairman of the Board Marie Ehrling and new President and CEO Johan Dennelind
Marie, please tell us about the recruitment process in finding the right candidate?
As you all know finding the right CEO has been the Board’s highest priority. We have conducted a rigorous recruitment process led by the remuneration committee consisting of myself, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Mats Jansson.
What were the criteria you looked for?
The search criteria for the new candidate has been strong and extensive leadership skills, experience of developing international corporations as well as a broad knowledge from the telecommunication industry. In Johan, I am confident that we have the ideal person.
Who is our new CEO?
Johan Dennelind is an energetic and passionate individual who brings with him almost 20 years of experience from the telecommunication industry. During his time at Telenor and most recently at Vodacom he has proven that he can successfully lead organisations in significant change processes within an international environment. Johan is a devoted and committed individual which I believe are good character traits for a skilled leader.
Johan, congratulations to your new appointment! How do you feel?
Thank you very much. I’m very proud to have been given this vote of confidence and humble towards the task ahead. TeliaSonera is today one of Europe’s leading telecom operators with an international presence and I look forward to leading the company during the next phase of its development.
Who are you, could you tell us a little about your background?
I have spent my entire career within the telecommunications industry. One of my first jobs was in fact at TeliaSonera, as a Management Trainee, and I have since followed the company’s development closely and I am delighted to be back. Originally from Örebro, so although my roots are in Sweden, I have worked abroad for more than 10 years, lived in both Malaysia and most recently in South Africa.
When you are not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I am pretty good to keep a balance between work and private life, which is mainly devoted to family and friends, travel and sports.
What makes you the right man for the job?
I think I bring a good mix of experience from both mature and emerging markets. I have also worked across many parts of the value chain in the industry. I am passionate about building strong company culture, founded on team work in order to continue to delight our customers and operate the business in a responsible fashion.