Ericsson Southeast Asia and Oceania chief strategy officer, Håkan Eriksson, is set to take charge of Telstra’s tech profile after being appointed as the telco’s new chief technology officer (CTO).
Eriksson, who has been with the Swedish telecommunications equipment and services company on and off for over a decade, will step into the new role in late February 2017.
He replaces the company’s former CTO, Vish Nandlall, who was sacked a under a cloud of controversy after only 21 months in the role, following revelations that he had reportedly falsified his CV and allegedly plagiarised presentation material.
This time around, the telco has clearly gone with a candidate it likely knows well, given the close relationship Telstra and Ericsson have fostered as partners on various projects over the years, including 5G technology developments.
“He [Eriksson] is an industry veteran with an impressive track record in technology and innovation holding many senior leadership roles at Ericsson including chief executive officer (Australia and New Zealand) for four years; he spent nine years as group chief technology officer, including taking on the role of as Ericsson’s president in Silicon Valley in the final two years,” Telstra technology innovation, and strategy group executive, Stephen Elop, said in a statement.
Elop said that he believes Eriksson will bring leadership to Telstra’s CTO role, given his success in building Ericsson’s technology leadership profile, driving research development, and developments in the convergence of wireless and fixed line telecommunications technology.
“He has an intimate understanding of the Australian market and our business, a proven track record and a passion for technology and the customer experience,” Elop said. “Håkan will provide significant global expertise in innovation as the company strides forward with its transformation to become a world class technology company that empowers people to connect," he added.
Eriksson is not the first of his name to come over to Telstra from Ericsson, with former Ericsson broadcast and media services vice president and head of strategy, Andreas Eriksson, joining the telco in March as head of broadcast services sales.