The CEO of Telia Sweden has resigned after nearly three years at the helm, following a year in which the operator’s sales fell in the country.

Hélène Barnekow (pictured), who has been in her position since June 2014, will be replaced by Telia Group CEO Johan Dennelind on an interim basis until a permanent successor is found.

Dennelind said Barnekow, who joined Telia in April 2014 as Head of Commercial, had begun “an extensive change agenda” in Sweden and accelerated its digital transformation.

“Her strong customer focus has contributed positively to our journey to become a new generation telco," he added.

"Hélène´s drive and enthusiasm has been a positive force of change in Telia.”

Barnekow said: “My tenure at Telia has been characterised by the immense ongoing changes of the telecom market.

"Despite a tough market situation, we have grown our consumer business and stabilized our enterprise business, while also implementing a large transformation program to secure Telia Sweden for the future.”

Sales in Sweden fell 1.3 percent in 2017 to SEK37 billion due to lower fixed-line sales, with growth in the number of IoT, mobile and TV customers offset by the loss of almost 300,000 fixed telephony subscribers.

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