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Date: 14-03-13

Chris Houghton appointed to head Ericsson-India

Leading Swedish telecom switch equipment maker Ericsson has appointed Chris Houghton as new Head of Region India. In this new role Chris will also take a seat on Ericsson’s Global Leadership Team, reporting to the Chairman of Region India and Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific, Mats H Olsson.

President and CEO Hans Vestberg said: “With 25 years’ in Ericsson and with experience from operations in several countries and units Chris will be a key part of our continued support to our Indian customers. Together with the team in India he will work to extend our footprint in the region and assisting our customers in their work to capture value in a rapidly transforming telecom market.”

Chris Houghton joined Ericsson UK in December 2010 as Head of Customer Unit UK and Ireland and Managing Director, Ericsson UK, responsible for Ericsson’s business in the UK and Ireland. Chris has worked for Ericsson for twenty five years: prior to relocating to the UK he held senior positions in Japan, Hungary and Sweden.

Chris Houghton said: “India is a strategic region for Ericsson. I am excited to lead the legacy of 110 years in India. Ericsson’ commitment to India’s telecom growth is steadfast.”

Chris succeeds Fredrik Jejdling who, as previously announced, will assume the role as Head of Region sub-Saharan Africa

Ericsson has a long history of supplying telecom equipment and devices to India's telecom sector. It has invested heavily in India in last 3 years. Company has staff strength of 15,000 in India, with pan India presence . Ericsson also both manufacturing facility as well as R&D facility in India.

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