Telenor Myanmar appoints new chief executive

Mr Lars Erik Tellmann, a member of the Telenor Myanmar team since it established operations in 2013, has been appointed chief executive officer to succeed Mr Petter Furberg, the Norway-based company said on July 5.

Tellman, 44, Telenor Myanmar’s chief financial officer, will also join Telenor’s Group Executive Management under the changes, that take effect on August 1, the company said in a press release.

“Lars Erik has been part of the founding management team in Myanmar, and has played a central role in the operations and development of the company over the past three years,” said Mr Sigve Brekke, Telenor Group’s president and chief executive.

“I am confident that in him Telenor has an experienced leader to drive the next phase of our growth, and to further develop our strong company culture and way of work,” said Brekke.

Tellman joined Telenor in 2001 and has held executive positions with the company in Southeast Asia for the past eight years. Before joining Telenor Myanmar as CFO in 2013 he was senior vice president and head of strategic development in Telenor Asia.

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“Our industry has had a major impact on Myanmar over the last two years, and will continue to play a significant role in supporting the growth of the country in coming years,” Tellman said.

“Telenor has a solid market and network presence in Myanmar and with a proven strategy and business model we are well set-up for future growth. My job will be to deliver on this strategy alongside a talented leadership team, and a highly passionate group of colleagues,” he said.

Brekke praised Furberg’s leadership of Telenor Myanmar over the past three years and said it was among “the brightest success stories of the Group.”

Furberg will take a new position in Telenor Digital Business in Asia supporting business development in online classifieds, market places and consumer services, the release said.

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