Accenture hires Anders Lindblad in latest departure from Ericsson

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Ericsson’s cloud and IP boss heads to Rome to head European comms and media for Accenture

Another top Ericsson executive has headed out of the door and found a new job.

The latest is Anders Lindblad, who was the troubled Swedish vendor’s head of cloud and IP communications. He has now joined Accenture, to lead the consultancy’s communications and media activities in Europe.

A former Swedish airforce pilot who trained as a computer engineer, Lindblad spent 20 years with Ericsson, heading its Middle East activities at one time and then managing its transition to digital communications services.

He will be based in Rome, said Accenture, where he will be responsible for business development and operations in the region and for helping clients form and deliver large-scale transformation programmes.

He said: “I will use my experience in business and from living and working in five countries across Europe and the Middle East to support the broader Accenture team as we help clients navigate these challenging, but exhilarating, times to become stronger and more successful for the future.”

Other Ericsson departures in recent times have included Hans Vestberg, who was fired as CEO last year but now works at Verizon in the US; Jan Frykhammar, the former CFO who became acting CEO after Vestberg’s departure and who left earlier this month; former global services head Magnus Mandersson, who also left this month; Rima Qureshi, former North American head, who left earlier this year and is also at Verizon now; Jean-Claude Geha, former African business head who left this year and has joined Deutsche Telekom; and Johan Wibergh, who was head of networks until 2015 and is now CTO at Vodafone.