Rima Qureshi is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. She is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon's overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures.
Before joining Verizon in November 2017, Qureshi was president and CEO of Ericsson North America. She has extensive experience in successfully managing various business segments, including strategy, sales, product management, and research and development. She also has extensive experience in acquisitions and integration.
Before becoming president and CEO of Ericsson North America in 2016, she was Ericsson's chief strategy officer and head of mergers and acquisitions. Her more than two decades of leadership experience in the mobile communications industry included more than 15 years of global experience.
Qureshi joined Ericsson in 1993 and was a vice president there since 2000. In 2010 she was named senior vice president of Ericsson's CDMA Mobile Systems Group, and she assumed additional responsibilities as senior vice president of strategic projects in 2013. She also served as chairman of the Ericsson's Northern Europe, Russia and Central Asia group and chairman of Ericsson's Modem division before becoming chief strategy officer.
She is currently a board member of MasterCard Incorporated and Great West Lifeco Inc., and she has significant experience working with the humanitarian sector and various United Nations agencies. With both undergraduate and master's degrees from McGill University in Montreal, she is fluent in English and French.