Vodafone’s CTO Steve Pusey is to step down at the end of July 2015, and will be replaced by Ericsson head of networks, Johan Wibergh.
A graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Programme, Pusey joined Vodafone in 2006 after over 20 years at now-defunct Canadian networker Nortel, preceded by a spell at BT.
He was elevated to the Vodafone board in 2009 and oversaw the international expansion of the mobile operator’s 3G network, the establishment of 4G networks in 15 countries, and the development of its global IT, procurement and cyber-security functions.
Pusey was the brains behind Project Spring, a multibillion-pound programme of network improvements currently underway at Vodafone, and masterminded its convergence strategy, acquiring fixed-line businesses in Germany, New Zealand and Spain.
Wibergh, who will join the firm in May 2015 to undergo a transition period prior to Pusey’s retirement, holds an MSc in computer science from Linköping University in his native Sweden.
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He spent a number of years working in R&D and later business development roles before joining Ericsson in 1996. Following two separate postings to South America, he took up his current role in 2008.
Wibergh was responsible for leading all aspects of business strategy, R&D, product management and sales for Ericsson’s networking segment, which makes sales of around €13bn per annum and has 27,000 employees. During his tenure Ericsson strengthened its position in mobile equipment, with a 35% global market share.
Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said: "Steve will leave as his legacy a business strongly placed for success as a result of his efforts, including most recently his leadership of Project Spring, which is well on track and already delivering significant benefits for our customers.
“I would also like to welcome Johan to Vodafone. His background and skills are strongly complementary as we continue our transition to a global data company and I look forward to working with him closely."