Ekudden moves from Silicon Valley to be Ericsson group CTO

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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New CTO Erik Ekudden moves back to Stockholm in latest Ericsson management reshuffle

Ericsson has appointed its new group CTO, Erik Ekudden, who will move from Silicon Valley, where has been responsible for Ericsson's technology strategies and industry activities.

Ekudden replaces Ulf Ewaldsson, who became head of digital services last month in the group’s continuing management shake-up.

“My mission will be to define the technology direction of Ericsson and to work closely with customers to design and operate those technologies in the most effective and efficient way,” said Ekudden.

He will be head of technology and architecture as well as group CTO, and will return to Stockholm to take up the role.

President and CEO Börje Ekholm said: “Erik has broad experience from the technology area, most recently from seven years in Silicon Valley. He is uniquely qualified to support customers and partners, prepare for the opportunities and challenges of the next wave of technology shifts around 5G, IoT, and digitalisation.”

Ekudden has been with Ericsson for 24 years and has held various positions within research and development. He holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

“With the development of 5G, we are building a platform for innovation that will create new business models for consumers and enterprises,” said Ekudden. “We see a fundamental shift in networks technology, which will be unprecedented in terms of speed and low latency.”

The previous group CTO, before Ewaldsson, was Håkan Eriksson, who became head of Ericsson in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in 2012 and is now CTO of Telstra.