Svendsen joined Telenor in 1988 as a research scientist, becoming executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Telenor and chair of Telenor R&D in 2000. She joined Conax as CEO in May 2008.
The move is part of a wider reorganisation designed to enhance innovation within Telenor.
The telco said it was increasing its focus on delivering an “always-on experience through innovation within internet-based services” by establishing a new Digital Services unit, headed by executive vice-president Kristin Skogen Lund.
Telenor is also introducing an Industrial Development group that will improve operational strategies by streamlining its technologies and activities across its global footprint. The unit will be lead by executive vice-president Hilde Tonne.
“The organisational changes are designed to improve Telenor’s ability to innovate in and execute upon the vast opportunities and challenges we see emerge on the telecom horizon. Building on our core competencies and unique positions, we aim to further energise employees in the Telenor Group worldwide. As a company that is built around people, our strategic opportunity is to empower our employees to make a difference – in their local market as well as globally,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO, Telenor Group.