Telenor’s Hilde Tonne has been appointed as the CEO of the new joint venture between Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark.

Telia Denmark's CEO Søren Abildgaard and CFO Dennis Kilian have been appointed as Deputy CEO and CFO respectively of the new entity.

The announcements were made despite the deal to merge the two companies remaining the subject of an ongoing, in-depth investigation by the European Commission.

The two companies said they remained confident of getting approval from Brussels during second half of the year.

The deal was first announced last December.

Tonne leaves her position as the Head of the Norway-based operator’s Group Industrial Development business unit.

From 1 August, she will lead a small Copenhagen-based team of employees from TeliaSonera and Telenor to prepare for the merger.

Telenor Denmark CEO Marek Slacik is moving to the operator’s Swedish opco to take up the CMO role.

[Read more: Telenor creates Internet of Things exec position, as Head of Digital departs]

TeliaSonera Head of Europe Robert Andersson said: “The skills, core knowledge, and areas of experience of these three people complement each other and make them a very strong top management team.

"Hilde Tonne is a very competent and experienced leader with a strong track-record for driving change and for challenging status quo.

“These skills are an ideal match for joining two business units and forming a new, strong and innovative company with the ambition of challenging the Danish telco market."

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