Mr. Jon Fredrik Baksaas is the Chairman of the GSMA. He was President and CEO of Telenor Group from June 2002 to August 2015. During that period, the total number of subscriptions in Telenor Group’s mobile operations increased from 21 million to approximately 189 million. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets and in additionally 14 markets through the ownership in VimpelCom Ltd.
Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Baksaas served as Telenor’s Deputy CEO, CFO and Executive Vice President with the overall responsibility for Telenor’s networks and communication services in Norway, one of the world’s most advanced countries in ICT usage. Before joining Telenor in 1989, he served as CFO in Aker AS, CFO in Stolt-Nielsen Seaway and held finance related positions in Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in Norway and Japan. Baksaas is currently a board member of the GSMA Association, Svenska Handelsbanken AB, and the Advisory Council of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Mr. Baksaas holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and has additional qualifications from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is married with three children.