Mr. Jon Fredrik Baksaas is the Chairman of the GSMA. He has been President and CEO of Telenor Group since June 2002. During this period, the total number of subscriptions in Telenor Group’s mobile operations has increased from 21 million in June 2002 to more than 150 million by mid 2013, excluding VimpelCom Ltd. Telenor Group at present has mobile operations in 13 markets and in additionally 17 markets through the ownership in VimpelCom Ltd (adding another 215 million subscriptions).
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, VimpelCom Ltd 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.