Telenor: Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas Elected Chairman of GSMA

      Telenor: Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas Elected Chairman of GSMA

(Fornebu, Norway - 28 October 2013) The GSMA has elected Telenor President and
CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas to serve as GSMA Chairman for the remainder of the
current Board term through December 2014. The GSMA represents nearly 800 of
the world's mobile operators. Baksaas replaces Franco Bernabé.

As GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas will be overseeing the strategic
direction of the organization, which in addition to nearly 800 of the world's
mobile operators also represent 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem,
including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers
and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as
financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also
produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia

"I look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA team
and our entire membership to advance important industry issues. It is truly
inspiring to work in an industry that has such a profound and increasing
impact on the people and societies we serve. Connecting even more of the
world's population to the mobile Internet is a top priority, and to address
this, the GSMA will continue to focus on the future evolution of our networks,
the adoption of secure and interoperable new services and advocate for the
needs of our industry to governments and regulators," said Baksaas.

"We are at a critical juncture in the development of the mobile communications
industry, as we see an ever-increasing number of people, devices and things
becoming connected by mobile," said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. "I
am looking forward to working with Jon Fredrik and the entire GSMA Board to
develop global and regional programmes that will drive future growth and
investment in mobile services, and deliver the social and economic benefits
that mobile can provide to men and women around the world."

Jon Fredrik Baksaas (59) is a Norwegian citizen and has worked in the telecom
industry for 25 years. He has been President and CEO of Telenor Group since
June 2002.Telenor Group has mobile operations in 12 markets in the Nordic
region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia withmore than 150 million
mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations. Telenor also holds an
economic stake of 33 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd. operating in 17 markets.
Baksaas is currently a board member of VimpelCom Ltd, Svenska Handelsbanken
AB, GSMA 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.

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Aphoto of Mr. Baksaas may be downloaded here:

Dag Melgaard, Communication Manager, Telenor Group, tel: (+47) 901 92 000


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