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TeliaSonera names acting head of new combined commercial-tech unit

Søren Abildgaard

Søren Abildgaard

Nordic telco TeliaSonera has named Sören Abildgaard as acting head of its new combined group commercial and group technology unit.

Abildgaard, currently CEO Telia Denmark, will be part of the TeliaSonera group executive management team and will also act as chief commercial officer and represent group commercial and group technology in group executive management as of today.

Morten Bentzen, Head of Enterprise Telia Denmark, will assume the position as CEO Telia Denmark as of today.

TeliaSonera had already announced that Erik Hallberg, previous EVP and head of region Eurasia, has been appointed to head the new unit global businesses that will become part of the combined group commercial-group technology unit. During the set-up phase, Hallberg will be reporting to Johan Dennelind, president and CEO, TeliaSonera.

The reorganization follows TeliaSonera’s decision to focus on the Swedish and European markets and to pull back from its venture sin Eurasia.

The company’s search for a head of the combined group commercial-group technology unit is ongoing.

“The combined Group Commercial and Group Technology unit is critical for us to succeed with commercial excellence, technology leadership and our transformation program. We have a strong team and I am really happy to see talented colleagues stepping up,” said Dennelind.
“Sören brings great operational experience and I am convinced that he will do a great job as acting Head of the combined unit and as Chief Commercial Officer. Erik’s background and experience is ideal for taking our global business further as it’s an important part of our ambition to change the industry. And I wish Morten all the best leading our Danish operations going forward.”