Telenor Pakistan today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Christian Albech as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Christian will succeed Mr. Jon Eddy Abdullah from March 1st 2011.
Since its inception, Chirstian is third in a row non-Pakistani CEO of Telenor in dPakistan. After Tore Jhonsen and Jon Eddy, Gossips, were active that Telenor may appoint a local man for its operations in Pakistan.
It merits mentioning here that Telenor has replaced all VP level Norwegians with Pakistanis over the time.
Chirstian is appointed CEO at a time when Pakistani telecom market has become vigorously competitive with low margins low ARPUs and high opex.
Announcing the new CEO, Hilde Tonne, Chairman of the Board of Telenor Pakistan, and Deputy Head Telenor Group Asia Region said:
“The Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint Christian Albech as Telenor Pakistan’s new CEO. His extensive management experience and ability to drive innovation and deliver results will be a great benefit for the company. We are confident that Christian has the right qualifications to further develop an already successful company”
Christian Albech has substantial experience from executive positions in the communication and media industry. He comes from the position as CEO of Telenor Broadcast, where he has been responsible for Telenor Group’s portfolio of broadcast operations – Canal Digital, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, Norkring and Conax. At the end of third quarter 2010, these operations represented 9 percent of Telenor Group’s total revenues.
In his career, Christian Albech has been central in establishing and developing the Nordic pay-TV market. As CEO of CTV he was responsible for rolling out some of Norway’s first cable TV networks. More recently he has been heading the leading Nordic TV distributor Canal Digital, driving the transition from analogue TV to digital TV, the introduction of HDTV, the introduction of Mobile TV and several new innovative products and advanced TV services.
Mr. Albech also has extensive experience from serving on the board of directors of numerous national and international companies.
”I have always appreciated new challenges, and I am therefore very pleased to be offered the opportunity to head Telenor Pakistan. Telenor Pakistan has proven itself as one of the Telenor Group’s most successful operations. I bring with me a forward leaning, goal-oriented approach and a strong customer focus, and I am looking forward to start working with the Telenor Pakistan team of highly skilled employees”, said Christian Albech.
Christian Albech will succeed Jon Eddy Abdullah, who has been appointed new CEO of the Telenor Group’s Thai mobile operator, dtac. Jon has been CEO of Telenor Pakistan since 2008.