Irfan Wahab Khan Appointed as CEO of Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Group today announced that Irfan Wahab Khan is appointed the CEO of Telenor Pakistan. He will be first Pakistani CEO of the company since it started operations in Pakistan.

Michael Foley, the outgoing CEO, will move to Bulgaria to head Telenor’s operations there as CEO of the Telenor Bulgaria.

The new appointments will be effective from 1 August 2016, and both Foley and Khan will be members of the Group Executive Management team.

“I am pleased that Michael Foley will take responsibility for his second operation since joining Telenor Group and that Irfan Wahab Khan will take the helm at Telenor Pakistan. With these appointments we utilize our executives competence and knowledge across different markets and functions,” says Sigve Brekke, the President and CEO of Telenor Group who has been in Pakistan these days.

Mr. Irfan Khan comes from the position of Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telenor Pakistan.

Irfan has been with Telenor for 12 years and was the first employee in Telenor Pakistan when he started as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Division in 2004. Since then he has served in various positions within Telenor Group both in Asia and Europe, including Vice President Devices and Vice President and Head of Asia Distribution.

Mr. Khan is also a Board Member of Tameer Microfinance Bank.

“I am humbled to lead and serve one of the most innovative and progressive companies in Pakistan which is well on the way to transform lives of millions of people by spreading benefits of digital and financial inclusion. With its dedicated and committed employees, I have no doubt that Telenor Pakistan will keep on creating value for its customers and shareholders,” says Irfan Wahab Khan.

Michael Foley joined Telenor in July 2014 when he was appointed CEO of Telenor Pakistan. Mr. Foley 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, including previous experience from Bulgaria, where he held a leadership role in the telecom industry from 2004 to 2005.

“I am proud of what we as a team have achieved in Pakistan. Irfan Wahab Khan will do an excellent job at taking the helm and I wish him and the organization the very best for the future. I am now looking forward to getting to know the business and team in Bulgaria and to show our customers the benefits of Telenor’s services and products and the power of digitalization,” says Michael Foley.

Michael Foley will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tameer Microfinance Bank in Pakistan.

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


  • Adam-Building The Credible Web

    Big day for Pakistan’s Telecom Industry. First Pakistani CEO of Norwegian Company Waoo!

    • Aon Bilal

      Telenor 4g Launching Date ?

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        Bhai abhi to PTA ne officially winner announce e nai kiya warna telenor ne apne website pe name change kar k Telenor 4G rakh lena tha. Abhi lagta hai Telenor aur PTA k beech dealings chal rahi hai ke Spectrum ki payable price kya hogi, 850 MHz pe LTE chalanay ke liye jo filters require hongay woh kon lagaye ga PTA ya Telenor, Aur Frequency interference ko kese deal kiya jaye ga. Aur sab se barh kar PTA yeh ensure karay gi k Pakistan myn ab jo b LTE supported set launch ho us myn LTE 1800 k saath sath LTE 850 ki conpatibility b honi chahiye warna PTA us set ko Type Approval nahin de gi.

        • Aon Bilal

          Qmobile Abhi Bhi 3rd Class 4G Without 850 MHz band 5 K Set Launch Kar Raha Ha Mera Bhi Opinion Ha Without 1800Mhz or 850MHz 4G Frequency K Pakistan Main Mobile Launch Karny Ki ijazat Nahi Honi Chahiay

          • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

            It is PTA’s duty to make sure that all the phones launched in Pak must support bands that has been auctioned by PTA. Every phone needs a type approval from PTA before official launch in Pakistan and PTA save IMEI’s against those phones. PTA will simply not provide type approval to those phones who do not support both bands and in near future all LTE phones in Pak will be dual band supported.

            • Bilal Iqbal

              it would be for next launching s else there was no such issue till yet. ..

    • GAH

      He won’t be the CEO of Yelenor but one of its many divisions Telenor Pakistan

  • Asad

    ab is ka b woi haal ho ga … jo warid or ufone ka hua hai…. pakistanio k hath jo chez ajaye us ka Allah he hafiz hota hai… sifarishi bharti hon gay.. merit khatam..corruption shuru !! bye bye Telenor

    • Fayez Najeeb

      what?

    • Uzair

      Jumping to conclusions too soon? Read his profile, he was in the founding team of Telenor and was groomed by the company in different countries. Pakistani apnay logon ko aisa kiun samajhtay hain?

      • Ishtiaq

        Kyuin k apne hi giratay hain nasheman pe bijliyaan!

    • Adam-Building The Credible Web

      Think positive brother. Don’t underestimate your fellow citizens. Out of more than 5000 Telenor Pakistan employees only 3 are foreigners. It is Pakistani employees who bring TP to its present level.

      • Bilal Iqbal

        nice to see you.. I had been a part of this team when Tore jhonson was here and we struggled hard to raise the TP up to the level when it could compete Mobilink which was here since 90’s… good time spent…and best wishes for Irfan Wahab… people were complaining about no pakistani CEO’s few days ago and now crying in other way around. lol…

    • Hasan

      Irfan is a fantastic human and a capable leader who trusts his team. People like you are the reason this country suffers, you don’t even know the company or the person and here you are spreading negativity. Shame.

  • Umar Farid

    The way Foley bulldozed every policy and process at Telenor and did unfair promotions it is good to see him being kicked to Bulgaria. What goes around comes around Michael. Espen you are next kiddo!

    • Mirza Moazzam Baig

      It seems that you are an insider

  • Vasif Abbas

    What a brilliant achievement for Telenor Pakistan. Finally a local CEO for one of the leading mncs!

  • Usama

    Pakistan zindabad.

  • Hina Qaiser

    Irfan boss’s hardwork has paid off. Proud moment for TP to have its first local CEO! First time ever in the history of Telenor group.

  • nabeel

    so what? wats special in this news. Pakistan main monthly kayi companies k CEO atay hain or jatay hain

    • Adam-Building The Credible Web

      He is not only first local CEO of Telenor Pakistan but also at present only Pakistani CEO of Telcos operating in Pakistan.

      • Patriot

        Actually Pakistan must be the only country where locals are disfavored over “goras” — since we are still under colonial mindsets. .. even Arabs who always talk about “localization” and never let any Pakistani take high positions anywhere in the middle east (almost all top management there is local, whether qualified or competent or not) — and even in our country they send their own nationals to be CEOs.
        We cannot because our leaders have all their assets in Middle East and other countries, if they do not obey their real masters in those countries, how can they keep their stolen money there?
        I guess Norway has a transparent filter for money brought in. . .warna juamaray leaders nay adha Dubai khareed rukha hai, Jeddah mein huge investments hein aur London mein bhee we are one of the top investors in the world. . .Abhee America kay “papers” to ana start bhee naheen hooway!

        • Adam-Building The Credible Web

          Rightly said “colonial mindsets” that why our country despite all the talent produce very few corporate leaders and Businessmen. India in comparison only allow 49% foreign stake in any new venture hence results in more and more entrepreneurs and business leaders.