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.
“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.