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Executive Team

The Board of Directors appoints the President and CEO and the Executive Vice Presidents. The President and CEO is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations and is supported by the Executive Team.

Members of the Executive Team

Börje Ekholm

Börje Ekholm
President and CEO since 2017

Born 1963. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Master of Business Administration, INSEAD, France.
Nationality: Sweden and USA.
Board Member:
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Alibaba, Inc.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 21,760 Class B shares and 1,009,000 ADS, 24,789 synthetic shares, and 2,000,000 call options.
Background: CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015–2017). President and CEO of Investor AB (2005–2015). Formerly Head of Investor Growth Capital Inc. and New Investments. Previous positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc. Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall. Since 2017, member of the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum Digital Communication Governors and a member of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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Fredrik Jejdling

Fredrik Jejdling
Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks (since 2017) and Head of Segment Networks 

Born 1969. Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member:
Teknikföretagen and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 13,107 Class B shares.

Background: Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Services (2016–2017). Has held a variety of positions in commercial operations and financials, including Head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa, Head of Region India, and Head of Sales and Finance for Business Unit Global Services. Previous positions include senior positions with LUX Asia Pacific and Tele2 Group.

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MajBritt Arfert

MajBritt Arfert
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer and Head of Group Function People (since 2017)

Born 1963. Bachelor of Human Resources, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member:
None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 21,437 Class B shares.
Background: Acting Head of Group Function Human Resources (2016-2017), Head of Human Resources Ericsson Sweden (2015-2017). Previously Vice President and Head of Human Resources Business Unit Support Solutions (2007-2015). Previous positions include various Human Resources positions, including Head of Human Resources for Sony Ericsson in Germany (2001-2004).

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Arun Bansal

Arun Bansal
Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area Europe & Latin America (since 2017)

Born 1968. Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics), University of Jiwaji, India, and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.
Nationality: India
Board Member: OPCOM Cables Sdn Bhd, Malaysia.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 12,047 Class B shares and 17,486 ADS.
Background: Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products (2016-2017). Joined Ericsson in 1995 and has held various senior positions in the company, including Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Head of Region South East Asia and Oceania and Country Manager in Indonesia and Bangladesh and has also worked in Sweden, USA, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Xavier Dedullen

Xavier Dedullen
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Head of Group Function Legal Affairs & Compliance and secretary of the Board of Directors of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (since April 1, 2018)

Born 1964. Master of Laws (Lic. Jur) from KU University of Leuven, Belgium, and Master of Laws (LL.M) from New York University School of Law, USA. Bachelor in Law, Facultés Notre Dame de la Paix, Belgium.
Nationality: Belgium
Board Member:
 None.
Holdings in Ericsson: 1) None.
Background: Previously Group General Counsel at Holcim Ltd (now called LafargeHolcim) (2013-2018) with responsibility for the Legal and Compliance functions, based in Switzerland.  Various senior legal management positions, including most recently, Vice President International - Legal and External Affairs and other senior management positions at Verizon Business (2004-2013), based in the UK and Hong Kong. Prior to that, various senior legal positions in the telecoms, banking and power industries, based in the UK and Switzerland.  Started his career in private practice in New York.  

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Erik Ekudden

Erik Ekudden
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (since April 1, 2018) and Head of Group Function Technology (since October 1, 2018)

Born 1968. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member: None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 18,005 Class B shares and 4,129 ADS.
Background: Group Chief Technology Officer and Head of Technology and Architecture within Group Function Technology and Emerging Business (July 2017-March 2018). Joined Ericsson in 1993 and has held various management positions in the company, including Head of Technology Strategy, Chief Technology Officer Americas in Santa Clara US, and Head of Standardization and Industry. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

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Niklas Heuveldop

Niklas Heuveldop
Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area North America (since 2017) 

Born 1968. Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management, the Linköping Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York and CTIA - US wireless industry trade association.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 3,568 Class B shares and 11,974 ADS.
Background: Senior Vice President, Cheif Strategy Officer and Head of Group Function Technology & Emerging Business (April 2017-March 2018). Previous positions include Chief Customer Officer and Head of Group Function Sales (2016-2017) and senior leadership positions across Europe and the Americas, including Head of Global Customer Unit AT&T and Head of Market Unit Central America and Caribbean. Previous positions outside Ericsson include CEO of ServiceFactory and COO of WaterCove Networks.

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Chris Houghton

Chris Houghton
Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area North East Asia (since 2017)

Born 1966. Bachelor of Law, Huddersfield Polytechnic, United Kingdom.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Board Member:
None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 29,970 Class B shares.
Background: Head of Region North East Asia (2015-2017). Has also previously held management positions within Ericsson, including Head of Region India, Head of Customer Unit UK and Ireland and various management positions within Ericsson in China, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Sweden and the UK.

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Rafiah Ibrahim

Rafiah Ibrahim
Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area Middle East & Africa (since 2017)

Born 1958. Masters of Digital Communications Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, United Kingdom.
Nationality: Malaysia
Board Member:
None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 2,636 Class B shares and 27,164 ADS.
Background: Previously Head of Region Middle East (2014-2017). She has held management positions within Ericsson, including Head of Customer Unit Etisalat, Head of Marketing Business Line Broadcast Services, Global Customer Unit for Warid, Head of Ericsson in Bangladesh and Head of Market Unit North Africa.

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Jan Karlsson

Jan Karlsson
Senior Vice President, Head of Business Area Digital Services (since August 1, 2018) and Head of Segment Digital Services

Born 1966. Bachelor in Business Administration, ESSEC Business School, France.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member:
None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 4,568 Class B shares and 3,883 ADS.
Background: Acting Head of Business Area Digital Services February-July 2018. Previous Head of Solution Area BSS within Business Area Digital Services. Before joining Ericsson early 2017 Jan Karlsson was the CEO of DigitalRoute, an ISV focusing on data collection & pre-processing across Telco and Non-telco verticals.

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Peter Laurin

Peter Laurin
Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Managed Services (since 2017) and Head of Segment Managed Services

Born 1971. Master of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Master of Business Administration, Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board member: ByggVesta AB.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 5,206 Class B shares.
Background: Previously Head of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia. Previous management positions within Ericsson include Head of Ericsson’s Global Customer Unit Vodafone (2013-2016) and various executive positions in North America, Asia and Europe. Previous external roles include positions in Arthur D. Little and Mediatude Ltd.

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Carl Mellander

Carl Mellander
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Group Function Finance and Common Functions (since 2017)

Born 1964. Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sweden. 
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 29,772 Class B shares.
Background: Acting Chief Financial Officer and Head of Group Function Finance and Common Functions (July 2016-March 2017). Has previously held various positions within finance and business control within Ericsson, including Vice President and Group Treasurer and Head of Finance in Region Western and Central Europe. Previous positions include Head of Finance/CFO positions within the telecom operator space and defense industry. 

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Stella Medlicott

Stella Medlicott
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Head of Group Function Marketing & Corporate Relations (since June 10, 2019)

Born 1969. BA (Hons) degree in Social Science, University of Lincoln (known at that time as University of Humberside), United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Nationality: United Kingdom
Board Member: None
Holdings in Ericsson: 1) 8,553 Class B shares.
Background: Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Government Relations for Ericsson market area Europe and Latin America since July 2017. Prior to joining Ericsson, Stella Medlicott was Chief Marketing Officer at Red Bee Media, which was acquired by Ericsson in May 2014. She has over 25 years of marketing experience in major IT, telecoms and media companies including two years at Technicolor as VP Marketing and ten years at Siemens Communications as Global VP Marketing.

Nunzio Mirtillo

Nunzio Mirtillo
Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania & India (since 2017)

Born 1961. Master in Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University, Italy.
Nationality: Italy
Board Member:
 None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 34,861 Class B shares.
Background: Previously Head of Region Mediterranean. Previous management positions within Ericsson include Head of Sales Networks for Western Europe within Business Unit Networks, Head of Business Operations in Market Unit South East Europe and Key Account Manager for Wind Italy, Vodafone Italy and other customers.

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Åsa Tamsons

Åsa Tamsons
Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses (since October 1, 2018) and Head of Segment Emerging Business and Other

Born 1981. Master of Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Nationality: Sweden
Board Member: None.
Holdings in Ericsson:1) 6,533 Class B shares.
Background:  Head of Business Area Technology & Emerging Business (April- September 2018). Previous position as partner in McKinsey & Company, with focus on growth strategy, marketing and sales, high tech, and telecommunications across Europe, the USA, and Latin America, based in the Stockholm, San Francisco and Sao Paulo offices.

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1) The Ericsson holdings reported above reflect the holdings as of December 31, 2018 or for Executive Team members joining after December 31, 2018, as of the date of joining the Executive Team. The Ericsson holdings of the President and CEO reflect the holdings as of February 20, 2019. The number of shares and ADS includes holdings by related persons if applicable. For information on transactions made since the above mentioned dates, please refer to the website of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.