Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Grameenphone on Tuesday announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tore Johnsen as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 
Mr. Johnsen will succeed Oddvar Hesjedal and take up his position from March 1st 2011, a company announcement said. 
“The Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint Tore Johnsen as Grameenphone’s new CEO. His vast knowledge from the telecom industry, combined with his extensive experience from several Asian markets will be a great benefit for the company. We are confident that Tore has the right qualifications for further developing Grameenphone’s position as the leading Bangladeshi mobile operator”, Sigve Brekke, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grameenphone, said in the announcement.  
Tore Johnsen comes from the position as CEO of the Thai mobile operator, Dtac. Previous he has also held positions as CEO of Telenor Pakistan and CEO of DiGi in Malaysia.
 He joined the Telenor Group in 1974, and he has held a number of managerial positions and international assignments. Tore Johnsen holds a Master of Science in addition to studies in International Business Management.
“I am delighted to take over the helm for Grameenphone, one of the most admired companies in Bangladesh and the leading telecom operator.  I will keep a forward leaning mindset also in this company the same way I have been used to from Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand. I look forward to work with an organization which I know is very much capable of developing Grameenphone’s business even further”, said Tore Johnsen.
Tore Johnsen will succeed Oddvar Hesjedal who has completed his tenure in Grameenphone, and will move on to new responsibilities in Telenor Group.
 “In my close to 3 years tenure in Bangladesh I have had the privilege to be part of a consistent growth of the Bangladeshi mobile market and Grameenphone. I am grateful to all my fantastic colleagues in GP having given me many happy moments and reasons to be proud of the GP family. I wish Tore all the best in his work for the coming years, knowing it will be both challenging and rewarding”, said Oddvar Hesjedal.
BBN/SSR/AD-18Jan11-8:44 pm (BST)