Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed CEO in August 2018 and named Chairman in March 2019, Hans has transformed Verizon’s business, leading the company to be first in the world to deploy 5G home and mobile technology including the nationwide launch of 5G Ultra Wideband in 2022. Under his leadership, Verizon delivers seamless experiences for consumers, including content partnerships with Disney, Discovery+ and Apple Music as well as for business customers seeking mobile edge compute solutions.
Before joining Verizon, Hans was CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden. There, he led more than 115,000 employees and Ericsson’s transformation from its focus on hardware to software and services.
Hans is a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, and is a board member of BlackRock, the UN Foundation, and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. Hans 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.
Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Hans 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.