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Telenor Pakistan announced the appointment of Irfan Wahab Khan, to the position of Deputy CEO of the company in addition to his current responsibilities as Chief Marketing Officer.
“Irfan’s loyalty and long experience with Telenor Pakistan, in Asia and Europe, coupled with his strong record of value creation made this the easiest of appointments,” said Michael Foley, CEO Telenor.
Irfan has been with Telenor for 11 years, starting as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs Division in 2004. Since then he has served in various Telenor Business Units in Asia and Europe. Since 2009, he has served as Group Vice President Devices and VP-Head of Asia Distribution within the Telenor Group in Norway and Thailand respectively.
In Bangkok, Khan was responsible for developing sales and distribution capabilities, organization systems and processes for over 1.1 million retailers within 5 countries in Asia. As VP Devices with Telenor Group, he was responsible for Group Device Strategy, Partnerships and Innovation, Handset Bundles and Device Portfolio of over USD 2 Billion across 11 countries.
Khan rejoined Telenor Pakistan as Vice President and Head of Commercial Division in 2013 where Marketing, Segments, Brands, Sales and Distribution, Product Development, Customer Care, Business Intelligence and Customer Centricity functions fall under his portfolio. He is also a Board Member of Tameer Microfinance Bank which is 51% owned by Telenor and Telenor LDI (PVT) Ltd.
Over the last ten years, Telenor Pakistan reached more than 36.5 million subscribers, gained Revenue market share, launched largest 3G footprint and a number of innovative products like GSM based life insurance product “Talk Shawk Mohafiz” and introduced Internet of Things in Pakistan for the first time.
“It has been a decade of remarkable experiences and learning that I spent with Telenor and made some great friends along the way,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, the newly appointed Deputy CEO of Telenor Pakistan. “I am humbled by the trust that Telenor Pakistan has put in me for the additional responsibilities and I pledge my commitment to take our vision to Empower Societies a step further,” he added.
Prior to joining Telenor Pakistan, Khan has served as Director for Products and New Services at T-Mobile USA, General Manager at Ericsson Philippines, BSS Engineering at Orange, UK and Director of Business Transformation at Telcordia Technologies USA.
Irfan has a B.Sc. in Electrical Telecom Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He graduated in Mobile and Personal Communications from University of Westminster London UK in 1994, followed by Financial Management from Harvard Business School, Marketing from London Business School. He is also a life time alumni of INSEAD.