Hans Vestberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global information networks and services. In 2017, Mr. Vestberg served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks, responsible for developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. He was appointed CEO in August 2018 and Chairman of Verizon’s Board of Directors in March 2019.
Mr. Vestberg has transformed Verizon’s business, leading the company to be first in the world to deploy 5G home and mobile technology and delivering seamless experiences for consumer and business customers while offering them maximum optionality. Verizon has consistently provided customers with the most reliable network in the United States.
Before joining Verizon, Mr. Vestberg served for six years as president and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden. In 2007, he became Ericsson’s chief financial officer, and was promoted to CEO in 2009. He led more than 115,000 employees and Ericsson’s transformation from its focus on hardware to software and services.
Corporate and charitable leadership
Mr. Vestberg is a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he has led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is a board member of BlackRock, the UN Foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and is a member of the New Jersey CEO Council, a coalition of leaders from the state’s largest companies. Mr. Vestberg chairs The World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance for digital inclusion, which aims to impact 1 billion lives with affordable and accessible digital solutions by 2025. He is past chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a current member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where he helped author the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr. Vestberg is a leading voice at technology and global economic conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, The Economic Club of New York, and The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. Alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Vestberg introduced the world’s first 5G iPhone. With
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, he unveiled the world’s first mobile edge computing public network at AWS re:Invent.
Personal and educational background
Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Mr. Vestberg earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married with two children and is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.