Mats Nilsson

Director Product Security
Mats Nilsson

Ericsson Group Function Technology

Mats Nilsson is currently responsible for product and technology leadership issues for the Cyber Security area within the Ericsson Group. His responsibilities cover policy, regulatory and communications issues regarding cyber security. He also works on the broader aspects of networks of the future, the role of 5G and digital transformation of cities and industries.

With close to 30 years of experience at the front line of mobile communication developments, Mr Nilsson qualifies as an ‘industry veteran’ and is engaged in all leading stages, from the globalization of digital mobile telephony, to the introduction of mobile broadband infrastructure technologies and devices. Now, further into the 5G era, he’s involved with connected devices and industrial processes, in addition to the enhancements of mobile broadband.

A key focus area for most of his career has been on standards and industry processes in major regions, and from a global perspective. He’s known as ‘one of the fathers of 3G’ from his engagement in the policy, regulatory, research, technology and standardization process that led to 3G.

He was previously Vice President and head of technology strategy and standards for the Ericsson Group. In this capacity he drove Ericsson’s global standardization machinery, as well as all its external industry engagements for more than a decade (1993-2004).

Mr. Nilsson also served as CEO of OMTP ltd in 2005, an operator led industry initiative, driving requirements and technologies for advanced mobile platforms, and facilitating what is today known as the smartphone revolution.

Adding the crucial policy and regulatory angle, Mr. Nilsson brings his experience in Brussels as Vice President and Head of Ericsson’s European Affairs from 2008-2011.

For the last few years, he has been engaged in cybersecurity, both internally at Ericsson, setting up strategies for the area, as well as externally, through various industry organizations and engagements with industry and policy.

Mr Nilsson has also held leading management positions in Sales, R&D and product management, for example, as Head of Portfolio Management and Terminals for Multimedia, Technical Manager and Key Account Manager for Ericsson Japan.