Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:02

Telstra lures Eriksson from Ericsson to new CTO role Featured

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Håkan Eriksson joining Telstra as CTO Håkan Eriksson joining Telstra as CTO

Telstra has appointed former Ericisson ANZ boss, Håkan Eriksson, as its new chief technology officer, replacing the telco’s previous CTO, Vish Nandlall, who left the company under a cloud of controversy earlier this year.

Eriksson was Ericsson’s ANZ chief executive for four years before transitioning to his role as Ericsson Southeast Asia and Oceania chief strategy officer.

An experienced technology industry executive, he worked with the Swedish telecommunications equipment and services company for many years.

Eriksson will take up his role at Telstra in late February.

“He is an industry veteran with an impressive track record in technology and innovation holding many senior leadership roles at Ericsson including chief executive officer (Australia and New Zealand) for four years, he spent nine years as group chief technology officer including taking on the role as Ericsson’s president in Silicon Valley in the final two years,” said Telstra Group Executive Technology Innovation and Strategy, Stephen Elop.

“I believe Håkan will bring significant leadership to the CTO role with his success in building Ericsson’s technology leadership, driving research development and significant developments in the convergence of wireless and fixed line. In his role as Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley, he built strong relationships within the local ecosystem.

Elop said Eriksson has an “intimate understanding” of the Australian market and Telstra’s business, a proven track record and a passion for technology and the customer experience.

Eriksson holds a Master’s of Science (MS) EE from Linkoping University, including the final year at Stanford University, and is currently a member of the board of directors for the EABC, national councillor and vice-president, Victoria for the Australian Industry Group and former deputy chairman of AMTA.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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