Staffan Göjeryd was appointed CEO of Telia Carrier in August 2016. Having started at Telia Company at a time when a 14k modem was considered high tech, he has since helped drive Telia Carrier to its position as the world’s leading global backbone.
His focus on customer excellence and delivering exceptional quality to Telia Carrier’s customers are just two of the areas that have taken him on this literal journey from the trenches to high command.
Despite knowing all there is to know about connectivity, Staffan’s main interest is what customers actually do with it. Having seen the repeated cycles of Internet boom and bust, he knows it takes more than belief and adrenaline to build a successful business.
Staffan has held technical and customer-facing roles within Telia Company in both Europe and North America. These include Director of Network Planning and head of Telia Carrier´s Data and Infrastructure business. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Linköping University and is an accomplished golfer – a hobby currently taking second place to his kids.
Ivo Pasucci is an expert in the American telecommunications market – still the most lucrative market in the world.
With over 20 years of experience, Ivo offers deep insights into the evolution of wholesale Internet, the economics of the carrier data business in the Americas, and how trends in traffic are changing what is required of service providers.
Ivo is a 3rd generation telecoms professional. He has held a variety of strategic sales roles in the wholesale space prior to joining Telia Company in 2011. In his current role he is responsible for developing market strategies and sales teams to expand Telia Carrier’s presence in the region. Ivo is multilingual – speaking Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and English fluently – and holds a degree in International Economics from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
"Challenge everything" - that's Simon’s motto in life. It makes him terrible to play Trivial Pursuit with, but great when it comes to solving problems. This approach, combined with almost two decades in the telco industry, has made Simon a leading thinker in matters of voice, mobile data, and the new world of IPX.
Starting his career buying and selling voice in the post-deregulation UK market, Simon’s aptitude for efficiency soon saw him gravitate to the operations side of wholesale. Simon joined Telia Carrier in 2005 and became head of the Voice and Mobile business in 2010.
But he has never lost sight of the customer. Among his responsibilities, he currently heads the Telia Carrier CX Council, driving customer experience improvements across all areas of Telia Carrier.
What you didn't know is that Simon has represented Scotland in volleyball and speaks Spanish, French and English. He has lived in Sweden for the past 12 years but doesn’t speak Swedish. As said, he prefers the challenge. read less
Maja was appointed CMO of Telia Carrier in March 2019. She is on a mission to spread the word about all the great things Telia Carrier does in the world of connectivity and acquire some new customers along the way.
Maja’s passion is building strong global brands, along with creating powerful teams and motivated them to think greater than great. She has extensive experience from driving marketing and communications in international B2B and B2C environments, from both large and medium corporations within telecoms, IT, and finance. She describes herself as a strategist with a tactical spirit.
A native Serbian, Maja has lived and worked in the US, Sweden, Belgium, and Serbia, with ‘global’ being the red thread in her career and personal life. A while ago she started a fashion company but realized shortly after that she has more to give in the world of marketing and communications. And she never looked back.
There’s a certain type of person who gets a little bit too excited about networks. Mattias is that guy. If he had a tattoo, it would be of a network. His knowledge is mind-boggling and his passion irrepressible.
He offers deep insights into the networked economy. What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame?
Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within Telia Carrier and most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he has been Telia Carrier’s Chief Evangelist.
Mattias’ passion isn’t limited to networks: He has played golf professionally and competed on a national level in football and innebandy. Although he has a reputation when it comes to sports as being the “worst loser at Telia Carrier”, he is working hard to overcome this – by not losing to anyone. At anything. Ever.
Johan Ottosson’s career is founded on two things: Curiosity and exploration. And, not to mention, an MSc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology.
As an experienced strategist and manager, Johan led the development of growth strategies, M&A and long-term corporate strategic planning across various industries, before zeroing in on communications and technology. After ten years at a global consulting firm, Johan found Telia Carrier. Faced with task of extending its current leadership in wholesale while innovating further around global connectivity, Johan decided to take on the role as Vice President Strategy.
Johan believes that a firm commitment to innovation is the key to staying competitive, especially in an industry undergoing such profound transformations as the ICT market. His experience has also taught him that innovation is not defined by organizational charts and that many of the best ideas come from those on the front line, working with customers or engineering the network.
Beyond the office walls, music is an important part of Johan’s life. Niche and indie bands are his thing – that, and the sounds of his two small children.
As COO, Andrew Haynes’s brief spans product management, IT and engineering, delivery, networks, and customer care. A physicist by education, Andrew has built his career in strategy and corporate development in telecoms, business services, and technology.
Before taking on his current role, Andrew was head of Product Management, and his strong product focus informs his view that innovation is key to the company’s ongoing success.
With the Internet evolving and Telia Carrier’s own network expanding in breadth and depth, the challenge is how to continue adding value. For Andrew, the solution lies in mastering data and developing intelligent automation. But those developments can’t happen in a vacuum, and Andrew sees the company’s competitive advantage as its combination of human connections and technical excellence.
Andrew was born in Canada, but has lived most of his life as a Londoner. When work and weather allow it, he escapes to the helm of his 40-year-old sail boat.
Kim Palmroos brings the perfect mix of skills and mindset to Telia Carrier’s business. Educated in engineering, economics, and management, Kim has held senior positions in several international organizations, including other companies in the Telia family.
Alongside his skills in finance, change management, and business development, he also has vast experience in information systems, logistics, HR, and facility management.
Kim first joined the Telia family in 2002 as CFO, followed later by a promotion to Country Manager, of Telia Mobile Finland. After the merger with Sonera and the divestment of Telia Mobile Finland, Kim left the Group for several years, but returned to the fold in 2011 as Vice President and head of Finance and Business Control for International Carrier. He has also held the same position for Telia Group Commercial. Together with his main finance role, he serves as Managing Director for the Telia Carrier legal entities in Finland, Denmark, and all three Baltic states. Kim is a board member on several Telia Carrier companies around the world.
If there’s one thing he truly understands, it’s competition. Kim has represented Finland in handball and has competed at elite levels both in football and ice hockey. His sporting instinct follows him to the office – while he used to say, “I hate losing”, Kim now prefers “I love winning”.
Soon after graduating from law school, Hanover-born Frank Kirchner realized that life in a law firm was not for him. A rapid series of opportunities led to him being thrown in the deep end, heading up the legal department for an American telco business.
The speed of the wholesale telco business and Internet worlds mirror his own career. Frank joined Telia in 2001 and, since then, he says “I’ve never had a day when I felt everything was done – there’s always something to learn”. That sentiment is easy to understand, given that in addition to his current role, Frank is also Managing Director of four Telia companies in three countries.
One of the challenges that most inspires Frank is that of securing Telia Carrier’s position in an international and technical environment. Dealing with huge companies across multiple jurisdictions calls for both a sense of the bigger picture and an eye for detail.
But when it’s time to wind down, Frank relaxes by skiing with his sons, cooking, and running in the woods near his home.
Christina understands that an engaged workforce needs value-driven leadership. Educated in organizational sociology and trained as a therapist, Christina focusses on coaching Telia Carrier’s leaders. She joined Telia Company in 2014, then began with Telia Carrier the following year.
Christina brings to the role a strong cross-industry perspective, drawing on her experience in the international banking and energy industries. She has also previously run her own consultancy and taught HR in Sweden.
Telia Carrier’s reputation goes a long way to attracting and retaining quality professionals, allowing Christina to concentrate more on developing ways to keep the workforce agile and adaptive to fast-changing marketplace.
A self-described “curling mom” to two adult daughters, Christina now has the chance to turn her energies to her immediate environment. Inspired by art, architecture, and nature, she’s a restless renovator who sews, paints, and restores. She has rebuilt a country house and, bit by bit, makes Sweden more beautiful.
A native Swede, Jenny spent 14 years living and working in London, where she joined Telia Carrier in 2007. She has since built, and now oversees a global administration team, harmonizing the practices and way of working in Telia Carrier’s diverse network of offices.
Having been in the Telco business since 2002, Jenny started her career at NTT, building a strong record in vendor management over five years. She then joined Telia Carrier in London as a management assistant, and in 2011 moved back to Sweden to take on her current role.
Jenny is a central figure within Telia Carrier, highly appreciated throughout the company for her organizational skills and abilities to oversee and run a large number of diverse projects.
Inspired by working with the multitude of cultures that Telia Carrier encompasses, Jenny keeps the company running smoothly behind the scenes and she is truly at the heart of everything that goes on in Telia Carrier.
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