Feeds

TeliaSonera chairman ousted

'Swedish political games'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Tapio Hintikka, the Finnish chairman of TeliaSonera, has been forced out of the telco in a Swedish-backed putsch.

TeliaSonera was formed in late 2002 as a merger between Finland's Sonera and Sweden's Telia. The Swedish government still owns 45.3 per cent of the combined company and the Finnish government has a 19 per cent stake.

The row kicked off when Hintikka's proposed replacement for board member Ingvar Carlsson, a former Swedish prime minister, was rejected by Swedish board members and the Swedish government.

Hintikka told the Financial Times: "I thought TeliaSonera should act purely from a business point of view. but in this nomination process I've become involved in Swedish political games and I don't like it."

He accused the Swedish government of undermining Finnish influence on the company and of viewing it as a purely Swedish enterprise, according to Finnish newswires.

The company said it will appoint another Finn to replace Hintikka on Friday. The Swedish government said he had resigned because he had lost the confidence of the board. ®

Related stories

Voda leads race for branded content services
TeliaSonera expands Euro hotspot roaming range
Telia blocks spam-sending Zombie PCs

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.