Tele2 AB has announced a number of Leadership Team positions in the merged company of Tele2 and Com Hem. Additional LT positions will be announced before the closing of the merger.
In January 2018, Tele2 and Com Hem announced the intention to merge the two companies. Following that announcement, integration planning has been ongoing and today a number of the Leadership Team positions of the future company are announced. The forming of a new LT and the appointments are conditional upon the approval of the merger by both the European Commission and the shareholders of the two companies.
The announced positions are: Mikael Larsson, Executive Vice President, Group CFO; Samuel Skott, Executive Vice President, Sweden Consumer; Karin Svensson, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Change Officer; Stefan Backman, Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel.
All of these positions will report directly to Anders Nilsson, incoming CEO of the Tele2 Group. The appointments will become effective at closure of the merger, at which point Lars Nordmark, current Executive Vice President Group CFO at Tele2 and Richard Peers, currently Executive Vice President Chief People and Change Officer at Tele2, will leave the company.
As a result of the planned merger, Sweden becomes a significantly larger part of the total Tele2 operation and will hence be split into two reporting units: Business to Consumers and Business to Business. Samuel Skott, currently CEO of Tele2 Sweden, will head up the Consumer operations, the largest business unit in the company, which includes the brands Tele2, Comviq, Com Hem and Boxer. The person to head up the Business operations will be announced at a later stage, together with the remaining positions in the LT. This announcement will be made before the closing of the transaction which is expected to occur in Q4, as previously communicated.
Until the merger has received approval, Tele2 and Com Hem will continue with business as usual and to act as two independent and separately listed companies with their current Leadership Teams and Board of Directors, respectively.
Mikael Larsson is currently the CFO of Com Hem, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to that Mikael was the CFO of Kinnevik AB for 13 years. He has also held positions at Arthur Andersen as an auditor and a consultant.
Samuel Skott is currently Executive Vice President, CEO Tele2 Sweden, a position he assumed in 2016. He started his career at Tele2 in 2005 and has held several senior positions including Commercial Director for Customer & Product Design.
Karin Svensson is currently a self-employed Human Resources advisor. She was previously the Chief Human Resources Officer at Bisnode. Karin started her career with Accenture where she was a Partner for 11 years, founder of their Talent & Organisation Performance practice in Sweden, and the Nordic HR Director and Human Capital Lead.
Stefan Backman is currently Executive Vice President Group General Counsel at Tele2. He has held several senior positions at Tele2 over the past 11 years. Prior to that, he worked at the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and at the Administrative Court of Stockholm.