Telenor Pakistan Gets Michael Foley as its New CEO

Michael Patrick Foley

Telenor Group today announced that it has appointed Mr. Michael Patrick Foley as the new Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Pakistan.

Mr. Foley assumes the role at a significant moment in Telenor Pakistan’s history – as the country moves into a future where everyone will be able to access the internet, affordably and easily.

Foley will replace Mr. Lars Christian Iuel who has been company’s CEO since November 2011.

The replacement takes effect from July 1, 2014.

Mr. Foley, a Canadian citizen, has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the telecom and retail sectors from both advanced and growth markets. He has lived and worked in more than 11 countries.

Mr. Foley currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of the Canadian State Lottery, Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

“I am very pleased to welcome Michael to Telenor. His knowledge and experience within telecom, internet and mobile financial services make me confident that he will drive new innovation, quality mass market services and strengthen Telenor Pakistan’s capabilities in delivering internet for all,” says Sigve Brekke, EVP and Head of Region Asia, Telenor Group. “With Michael’s leadership qualities and vast international experience I am certain that we will continue to see strong results from the Telenor Pakistan team going forward”.

Mr. Foley takes over the helm at Telenor Pakistan at a time when the company continues to grow its market share and is set to further develop its leading consumer internet position with the recently awarded 3G license.

“I look forward to taking on the exciting challenge of joining Telenor Pakistan at this important moment. When the country now firmly transitions into a digital future, Telenor Pakistan is well positioned to provide both new and innovative data-based services as well as best-in-class voice and SMS. The people of Pakistan should expect to see growth in internet penetration during the years to come, to the benefit of individuals, the business community and the society at large. I am impressed with what I’ve learned about the Telenor Pakistan organization and its performance,” says Michael Foley.

Since its launch in 2005, Telenor Pakistan has built a customer base of 35 million and ranks as the second largest operator in the country. During his nearly six-year tenure, first as CMO and then as CEO, Mr. Lars Christian Iuel has been instrumental in delivering strong market and financial performance.

Says Sigve Brekke: “We are grateful to Lars Christian for his leadership over many years, both as a CMO and for the last 2.5 years as the CEO of Telenor Pakistan. Lars Christian leaves behind the most competent and agile telecom management team in Pakistan. He has built an attractive brand for Telenor and every day, more Pakistanis are choosing Telenor as their preferred mobile operator. I wish him all the best in his new role.”

Mr. Iuel will take up a senior management position in Telenor Group in Norway.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Sajjad Janjua

    Dear Amir atta – i think apki ammi gee telenor mai kam kerte hain -:) kitne paisa deta hai tu news leak kerne walon ko :)

  • Sajjad Janjua

    Dear Amir atta – i think apki ammi gee telenor mai kam kerte hain -:) kitne paisa deta hai tu news leak kerne walon ko :)

  • Rebellion

    very sad sajjad

    • aamir7

      Sorry for the inconvenience. His comment has been deleted.

      • Asad

        why… u moron ! delete ur self from this propakistani than.. u media ppl r really insane.. when it comes to u ,, u bark about freedom of speech all the time.. and when it comes to others … then ur so called ethics comes in !! God help this country

        • aamir7

          Your comment won’t get deleted as far as you remain with-in the language.

          • marsvam

            nice job amir bhai keep it up deleting those comments

        • Mzr7

          Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that you can talk about someone’s mother/sister or family in a derogatory manner. They have nothing to do with the article. If you want to talk about the article do that. Critique the article or the writer why go for their family. Would you sir ever allow anyone to say anything about your family?

          God help you sir.

        • marsvam

          Freedom of speech ok not freedom of abuse or abusive language. Their is a big difference. mind your language

        • Khurram ShahzAd

          I guess he have a big heart he have not deleted this comment of yours, otherwise, you have not stopped using that negative language. BTW, stay positive, only than something positive gonna happen in your life.

  • Faisal Kaleem

    Congratulations to telenor

  • Faisal

    A Canadian citizen can become CEO of Norway Company, the fact is Telenor don’t trust Pakistani people, so they will never ever appoint any pakistani as a CEO.

    • Bilal Iqbal

      telecom sector was established in these countries well before Pakistan.. look at his profile, 30 yesrs of experiance.. how can you find such people where telecom industery was not established … wait for some more years when Pakistani professionals well achieve that level of experiance and excellence to hold such positions.. it is professionalism.. nothing to do with nationalism…

      • MRooney

        Read this Mr. Bilal……Are you really seeing his 30 years telecom Experience lol.

        Mr. Foley currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of the Canadian State Lottery, Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

        • Stone

          ca.linkedin.com/pub/michael-patrick-foley/0/b60/499 you can read this linked in profile here. That should be enough for you

        • Bilal Iqbal

          “Mr. Foley, a Canadian citizen, has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the telecom and retail sectors from both advanced and growth markets. He has lived and worked in more than 11 countries.”

          Actually i read this … :)

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      btw you may know this thing
      top management of most multinational companies appoint by the head office. in zong we dont have any top management from pakistan.
      this thing has nothing to do with citizenship.
      its normal practice…what they do is, hire these people so they develop their business in other countries.

      • Vicky

        Mr Aamir Liaquat Hussain, Zong’s previous CEO was a Pakistani, with the name Zafar Usmani. And they have Pakistanis in there higher managment as well right now.

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          Please correct your Information, He was COO – Chief Operating Operations not CEO – Chief Executive Officer
          Zong CEO is Dr. Fan Yun Jun. The most people in Higher Management were from China.

    • Baronet

      bhai aamm khao why goutliii mat gino…..humain CEO se kya lena….as far as they provide good quality service what else you want phr Uganda se he CEO kun na ho…..

    • ab

      favourtism starts where Pakistani management involves….that leads to corruption.

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    wah g wah..aik or ganja agaya pakistan main :D

    • Ahmed.S

      Lol! :D
      BTW us kay thoray say baal hain ;)

  • zahid

    Michael Foley welcome to Pakistan. hope you will conbruites you best effects for end uses

    • Michael Foley

      Itni mehnat say aap nay angarazi likha…hum tou urdu bi samaj laita doost. Ab hum dil laga kay kaam karay ga :D

  • Thanks Lars

    Welcome Michael

  • Ahmad Khan Sabri

    Welcome Michael Foley. Plz you must work on your present software. Because it automatically deduct the balance of costumers but never adds the balance in the poor peoples balance. Plz it is my request. I will be very grateful. Thank You in advance