DNA CEO Jukka Leinonen to head Telenor Group’s newly formed Nordic cluster

DNA CEO Jukka Leinonen to head Telenor Group’s newly formed Nordic cluster

FORNEBU, 1-Nov-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Jukka Leinonen has been appointed head of Telenor Group’s newly formed Nordic cluster. Leinonen is currently the CEO of the Finnish telcom operator DNA and will retain this position aside becoming a part of Telenor’s Group Executive Management and assume the role of chair of Telenor Sweden and Telenor Denmark.

Sigve Brekke, President & CEO, Telenor Group, commented: “Jukka Leinonen is a well reputed telco leader with more than 30 years in the ICT industry. He has been instrumental in making DNA into the successful business it is today. The position of DNA and its continuous growth is truly impressive. Leinonen’s growth mindset and experience from the highly digital Finnish market is perfect for leading the new Nordic cluster and for joining Telenor Group’s management.”

DNA is Telenor Group’s newest company. Leinonen joined DNA in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Business and was appointed CEO of DNA in 2013. He held various senior management positions in corporate business sales, marketing and product management at TeliaSonera Ltd from 2002-2009. Previously, he served as President and CEO for Sonera Solutions Oy from 1996-1999.

Jukka Leinonen comments on his appointment: “I am honoured to head the new Nordic cluster and look forward to further developing Telenor Group’s position in the region through strengthened collaboration between the Nordic Telenor companies. I see great potential for value creation, for instance better roaming for customers, developing the B2B segment in the cluster, 5G and IoT.”

Telenor Norway CEO, Petter-Børre Furberg joins the Group Executive Management in addition to being part of the collaborative work and innovation within the new Nordic Cluster. As the home market and an important innovation driver in the Group, Telenor Norway is a key value creator to Telenor.

Furberg has previously been a member of Group Executive Management in his roles as Cluster head for Emerging Asia and CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

Ensuring integrated operation across the Nordic region

The recent acquisition of DNA in Finland strengthened Telenor Group’s position in the Nordic region. The Group currently owns 97.87 percent of the company. The acquisition marked another step in executing on Telenor Group’s strategic agenda, focusing on modernisation and value creation within core telecom in the Nordics and Asia.

DNA joins Telenor’s operations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in a newly formed Nordic Cluster, which will focus on enabling synergies, drive growth and creating value for the customers across the region.

For media information, please contact:

Hanne Knudsen, VP Communications, Telenor Group
+47 90804015 | hanne.knudsen@telenor.com

SOURCE: Telenor Group

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