Ericsson CTO to head its business in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

Telecom equipment major
Ericsson announced that Hakan Eriksson, senior vice president, chief technology
officer, head of Group Function Technology & Portfolio Management and head
of Ericsson in Silicon Valley, will take on a new role as head of Ericsson’s
business in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Hakan has been
instrumental in building Ericsson’s technology leadership across many
technology standards.

During his 25 years in
the company Hakan Eriksson has been driving the industry development and under
his leadership the research organization has made significant accomplishments
areas such as wireless, IP and application domain, and patent portfolio.

“Hakan’s work is
one of the reasons why our company, year out and year in and across
technologies, remains a technology leader. I am happy that he can now also
bring his considerable experience directly to our customers in the very
technologically advanced Australian and New Zealand markets, and add experience
also in this dimension,” said Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson.

“I have spent the
last 25 years in Ericsson within the research & development organization
and the last nine of those as CTO. When I took the job as CTO, the debate was
whether 3G would ever appeal to the mass market.” Hakan Eriksson said.

“Today, mobile
broadband has become a necessity to billions of people. Although the CTO role
has always meant staying very close to our customers, I now look forward to
more directly support our customers in monetizing their networks in a world
where technology and networks become increasingly more complex,” Eriksson

As head of Ericsson
Silicon Valley, Hakan Eriksson has contributed to establishing Ericsson on the
important US market, as well as well building a stronger relation with the
application development eco system in the area.

The new appointment will
be effective as of February 1, 2012 at which time Hakan Eriksson will also
leave Ericsson’s Executive Leadership Team. The appointment of a new CTO will
be announced separately.

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