Jan Frykhammar, executive VP and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new CEO is in office.
Commenting on the development, chairman of the board Leif Johansson said: “Hans Vestberg has led the company for seven years through significant industry and company transformation. Hans has been instrumental in building strong relationships with key customers around the world and his leadership and energy have been an inspiration to employees and leaders across Ericsson. However, in the current environment and as the company accelerates its strategy execution, the board of directors has decided that the time is right for a new leader to drive the next phase in Ericsson’s development.”
Hans Vestberg added: “I have had 28 fantastic years at Ericsson, the last seven as CEO. As the industry enters a next phase, driven by 5G, IoT and Cloud, it is time for a new CEO to step in and continue the work to ensure Ericsson’s industry leadership.”
In conjunction to presenting its earnings report for Q2 on July 19, the company presented a strong action plan to significantly reduce costs and adapt to the current market environment.
“As stated in the report the board fully supports the cost reduction plans. In addition, the board supports the company business strategy and new company structure,” Johansson continued.
The search process for a replacement for Vestberg will comprise both internal and external candidates.
Frykhammar joined Ericsson in 1991 and has held various positions in finance and business control. In 2009, he became executive VP, CFO and head of group Function Finance, and before that he was head of business unit Global Services.
Johansson added: “Jan has made it clear that he is not aspiring to permanently take on the CEO role. However, I am very pleased that he has accepted this assignment. Jan will secure continued strong execution and leadership in the current situation.”
Carl Mellander, currently VP & Group Treasurer, has been appointed acting CFO with immediate effect.
Vestberg will be available to support the board and management during his term of notice of six months.