Ericsson appoints new Managing Director for Nigeria

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Ericsson has appointed Rutger Reman as the President and Managing Director for Ericsson Nigeria.

Reman report to Jean-Claude Geha, President and CEO of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa.

Rutger Reman succeeds Johan Jemdahl in this role as Managing Director for Ericsson Nigeria.

“Rutger has demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities, and has displayed keen insight in developing business and creating value. He brings to bear nearly 30-years’ experience in the telecommunications and technology industry and possesses a strong drive to strengthen Ericsson’s support and amplify its new innovation to leading operators and their customers in the Nigerian market,” says Geha.

Reman joined Ericsson over 20 years ago, having started his professional career at the Swedish operator, Telia where he worked for several years.

He holds a wealth of experience in Project Management, Product Management, Operations, Marketing and Sales garnered from leading various projects for a vast number of customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa since 2004.

Prior to assuming his current role, Rutger was President and Head, Customer Unit Industry and Society, Region Middle East, where he was responsible for driving business growth and capturing new market opportunities with a special focus on Energy and Utilities, Public Safety and Security, Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Cities.

“I am exceptionally pleased to join the Nigerian team and be an integral part of the ongoing growth and transformation of Nigeria ICT domain. With the upsurge in the numbers of connected people and devices, it is clear that technology is at the core of an increasingly Networked Society also for Nigeria as a great nation. At Ericsson Nigeria, we are focused on creating technology solutions that support this transformation for people and businesses that thrive through it. And it is my sincere hope that my opportunity to serve in Nigeria will create immense value across several business sectors and value chains,” says Reman.

Ericsson remains committed to its vision of onward expansion and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria in particular. Mobile broadband will account for 90 percent of global, and around 83 percent of Sub-Saharan African subscriptions by 2022.

This indicates an immense opportunity, especially for Nigeria as the largest telecom market in Sub-Saharan Africa by subscriptions. And as such, Rutger Reman is responsible for ensuring Ericsson’s continuous success in enabling the Networked Society in this market.

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