Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for the management of the Telenor Group and the proper organisation of its operations.

Svein Aaser

Chairman

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  • Appointed: 16 May 2012
  • Stocks: 5,000 as of 19 November 2012
  • Member of committee: The Governance and Remuneration Committee

Background: CEO of Den norske Bank and DnB NOR from 1998 to 2007. CEO of Nycomed from 1987 to 1996. Previously been the CEO of Storebrand Skade, Nora Matprodukter and Stabburet Nora. Has served as president of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and as Chairman of Statkraft and Finance Norway (FNO). Chairman of the Norwegian National Museum.

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Frank Dangeard

Deputy Chairman

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  • Appointed: 19 May 2011
  • Stocks: 0 as of 19 May 2011
  • Member of committee: The Ethics and Sustainability Committee

Background: Mr Dangeard is Managing Partner of the investment and advisory firm Harcourt, France, since 2008. Formerly, he served as Chairman and CEO of Thomson S.A., Deputy CEO of France Telecom,  a Managing Director of SG Warburg & Co. Ltd., Chairman of S.G.  Warburg (France), and lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and London. Mr. Dangeard holds board positions in Moser Baer, India, SonaeCom, Portugal, Crédit Agricole-CIB, France, and Symantec Corp., US. He is Chairman of the Strategy Board of PwC (France), member of the Advisory Board of HEC, France, and of the Harvard Business School, US. He is a “director-in-residence ” at Insead, and has received the Legion d’Honneur and the Ordre du Mérite in France.

Education: Dangeard graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and from Harvard Law School.

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Marit Vaagen

Board member

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  • Appointed: 15 May 2013
  • Stocks: 11,122 as of 25 July 2014
  • Member of committee: The Ethics and Sustainability Committee

Background: 

Born in 1967 and lives in Stocksund, Sweden. She is a Norwegian-born entrepreneur who has spent most of her adult life  working internationally. Starting her professional  career as a consultant  with McKinsey & Company, where she served the financial services  and telecommunications sectors, she was among the first European  women elected as a partner of the firm, in 2000. She started and led the  firm’s Scandinavian healthcare services practice, and in 2008, she went on to found Scandinavia’s first disease management company. Vaagen  is the founder and CEO of Sirona AB, a healthcare management  company

Education: 

She holds a MSc from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and HEC, Paris, and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Jon Erik Reinhardsen

Board member

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  • Appointed: 14 May 2014
  • Stocks: 0 as of 14 May 2014
  • Member of committee: The Ethics and Sustainability Committee

Background: Reinhardsen is President and CEO of Petroleum Geo-
Services (PGS), a position he has held since April 2008. He has held executive
positions in Alcoa, Aker Kvaerner and Aker Maritime and is a member of the Board of Directors in Cameron International Corp, Hoegh LNG Holdings Ltd. and Awilhelmsen Management AS. He has until recently served on the Board of Directors of Hoegh Autoliners Holdings AS. Reinhardsen has also been a board member of the Norwegian government initiated OG21 and INTSOK and a  member of the visiting committee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Ocean Engineering Department.

Education: Reinhardsen obtained a Master`s degree in Applied Mathematics and Geophysics from the University of Bergen, Norway. In 1991 he completed the International Executive Program at the Institute for Management
Development (IMD) Lausanne, Switzerland.

Burckhard Bergmann

Board member

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  • Appointed: 29 May 2008
  • Stocks: 0 as of 20 February 2009
  • Member of committee: The Governance and Remuneration Committee

Background: Mr. Bergmann was until February 2008 Chairman of the Management Board of E.ON Ruhrgas AG. He holds board positions in several major international companies.

Education: Graduated in physics from Aachen University of Technology in 1968. Conferred Dr. Eng. from same university in 1970.

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Sally Davis

Board member

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  • Appointed: 23 November 2011
  • Stocks: 0 as of 23 November 2011
  • Member of committee: The Governance and Remuneration Committee

Background: Sally Davis has held several executive positions in British Telecom Group since 1999, including President BT Global Services and Head of BT’s wholesaler. Davis has also held leadership positions in Bell Atlantic and Mercury Communications. A Non-Executive Director of the Swiss company Logitech; the UK Department of Transport and the BBC, Sally Davis has worked in the global telecommunications industry for thirty years, working for start-up cable companies in the UK as well as strategy and global operational roles based in the US and UK for Cable & Wireless, Verizon and BT. Most recently, Davis acted as CEO of BT Wholesale, providing services to global operators.

Education: Mrs. Davis is a BA Hons graduate and a Fellow of University College, London.

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Dag J. Opedal

Board member

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  • Appointed: 19 May 2011
  • Stocks: 0 as of 19 May 2011
  • Member of committee: The Audit Committee

Background: Opedal is former President and CEO of Orkla Group and has held other leading positions in Orkla, Ferd Capital, NorgesGruppen, Stabburet AS, Dyno Industrier and Nora Industrier AS. Opedal holds board positions of Vizrt AS, Nammo AS, Norwegian Church Aid and Meltwater BV.

Education: Business Economics from The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

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Barbara Milian Thoralfsson

Board member

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  • Appointed: 11 May 2009
  • Stocks: 0 as of 24 October 2012
  • Member of committee: The Audit Committee

Background: Barbara Thoralfsson is the former CEO of Netcom ASA (a subsidiary of TeliaSonera) and former CEO of Midlefart & Co AS. She has had a number of senior management positions in sales and marketing in the fast moving consumer goods industry in the United States and Europe after starting her professional career at Kraft General Foods in 1981. She has extensive experience as a non-executive director having served on the boards of both public and privately held companies. She is currently an Industrial Advisor to EQT and serves on the boards of SCA AB, Hilti AG, ColArt Holdings Ltd, and Norfolier GreenTec AS.

Education: MBA in Marketing from Columbia University in New York. BA in Psychology from Duke Univerisity, Durhan, North Carolina.

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Bjørn Andre Anderssen

Board member,
employee representative

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  • Appointed: 23 August 2007
  • Stocks: 3,268 as of 16 February 2015
  • Member of committee: The Governance and Remuneration Committee

Background: Mr. Anderssen joined Telenor in 1999. He is also a member of the Negotia Board at Telenor and a member of the Negotia Executive Committee.

Education: Upper Secondary School

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Brit Østby Fredriksen

Board member,
employee representative

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  • Appointed: 20 January 2010
  • Stocks: 8,572 as of 16 February 2015
  • Member of committee: The Ethics and Sustainability Committee

Background: Fredriksen started her career in Telenor in 1993 and has since then been employed in various Telenor companies. Today, she holds the position as safety overseer in Telenor Norway. Fredriksen is head safety delegate in the divisions Business and Consumer in Telenor Norway and employee representative within the Electrician and IT workers union.

Education: Business studies and project management at Norwegian School of Economics

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Harald Stavn

Board member,
employee representative

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  • Appointed: 20 June 2000
  • Stocks: 5,832 as of 16 February 2015
  • Member of committee: The Audit Committee

Background: Mr. Stavn joined Telenor in 1974 and has held various positions in the company. Board member of the Telenor Pension Fund (Telenor Pensjonskasse), chairman of the executive board of the Norwegian Society of Engineers, NITO, in Telenor.

Education: Technical education from the internal education system of Norwegian Telecom. Business economist from the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo, Norway.

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Committees of the Board

The Board of Directors has established three committees of the Board: The Governance and Remuneration Committee, the Ethics and Sustainability Committee and the Audit Committee, which all are preparatory working committees of the Board.