08.01.2018Inside Verizon

Say hello to the new CEO.

By: Katie Regner

Hans Vestberg takes over role of CEO today.

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

It’s day one of Hans Vestberg as CEO of Verizon.

You’ll get to know Hans better in the weeks and months ahead, but here are a few things about our new leader you should know.


1. Following his appointment in June, he’s been out in the field meeting V Teamers.

Photo collage of Hans Vestberg meeting with V Teamers

2. Since he joined last year, he’s been involved in the company’s strategic decisions, including the path forward on 5G.

3. He speaks four languages fluently, and understands a fifth.

In fact, following our Houston 5G announcement last week, he did an interview in Spanish with a local TV station.

Image of Hans Vestberg during a television interview.

4. He’s an interesting guy.

Got a minute? Learn a few things.

Got 30 minutes? Learn even more.

5. He’s the right guy for the job.

Lowell hands Hans Vestberg the keys as new Verizon CEO

Get to know more about our new CEO.

  • Hometown: Hudiksvall, Sweden
  • Business Administration degree from the Uppsala University, Sweden, 1991
  • Has lived in China, Sweden, Chile Brazil and now the United States.
  • CFO for Ericsson in Brazil, 1998 - 2000
  • CFO for Ericsson in North America and controller for North and South America, 2000 - 2002
  • President for Ericsson in Mexico, 2002-2003
  • Chief Financial Officer for Ericsson, 2007 to 2009.
  • CEO for Ericsson, January 1, 2010 - 25 July 25, 2016.
  • Chairman of the Swedish Handball Association 2007–2016
  • Trainer of IFK Stocksund P02, a handball team in Stockholm
  • President of the Swedish Olympic Committee, 2016 - 2018
  • Joined Verizon as Executive Vice President of Network and Technology, April 3, 2017
  • Named Verizon Chief Executive Officer June 8, 2018

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About the author(s): 

Katie is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team and a regular host of Up To Speed. She's a new mom with a passion for show tunes trying to keep up with the latest trends in tech.