Berit Svendsen ~ Norway

Berit Svendsen is a Norwegian engineer and business executive. As of September 2015, she is vice president of the Telenor Group and head of Telenor Norway.

In 1988, she joined Telenor as a research scientist, attracted by the potential of telecommunications and the internet. She was promoted first to head of department and later to head of division for data services at Telenor Nett. In 1999, she was given special responsibility for Telenor’s Fixed-Mobile Convergence project which quickly led to her appointment in 2000 as technology director for all of Telenor’s departments, a post she held for the next five years.In 2005, she became vice president and head of Telenor Nordic Fixed.

From 2002 to 2007, Svendsen was a member of the European Commission’s ISTAG, an advisory group on information society technologies. In 2008, she spent a short period as CEO of Conax, which at the time was owned by Telenor. She returned to Telenor in September 2011 as executive vice president Telenor Group and CEO of Telenor Norway, a position she continues to hold.

Svendsen also serves on the boards of the banking and financial services group DNB, as well as EMGS, which provides technical support to oil and gas companies.

Berit Svendsen holds an MSc in Electronics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Master of Technology Management from NTNU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.