Hans-Holger Albrecht

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Hans-Holger Albrecht
Born (1963-07-29) July 29, 1963 (age 51)
Brussels, Belgium
Occupation President and CEO, Millicom International Cellular S.A.
Parent(s) Ernst Albrecht
Heidi Adele Albrecht

Hans-Holger Albrecht (born 1963) is a German citizen. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Millicom International Cellular S.A. since October 2012.[1] Millicom offers a range of digital services to over 45 million customers under the “tigo” brand in fifteen emerging markets in Africa and Latin America. Founded in 1990, the firm’s revenue has been driven mainly by mobile phone services but also offers cable, broadband, e-commerce through its investments in Rocket Internet and other media. In March 2013 Mr Albrecht announced the company’s strategy to double annual revenue to $9bn in 2017.[2] The company employs over 10,000 people is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the symbol MIC.

On 2 December 2014 it was announced that he would be leaving Millicom on 31 December 2014.[3] He is the brother of Ursula von der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence.

Early life[edit]

Hans-Holger was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1963 to Heidi Adele and Ernst (Carl Julius) Albrecht, a prominent CDU politician and European Commission official. In 1971 the family moved to Germany, where Ernst Albrecht became Premier of Lower Saxony (1976–1990). Hans-Holger grew up in Burgdorf in Germany. He graduated in Law at the University of Freiburg in Germany, studied at Yale University, and received a PhD at the University of Bochum in Germany.

He is a descendant of Baron Ludwig Knoop, a cotton merchant of the city-state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 19th century.[4]

Business career[edit]

Hans-Holger worked for Daimler-Benz in 1990 and for the Luxembourg-based media group CLT forerunner of RTL Group.[5] from 1991 to 1996. At CLT, he was responsible for all television activities and for business development in Germany and Eastern Europe. He worked on new projects for RTL2 in Germany, RTL 7 (Poland), RTL Klub in Hungary, and Channel 5 (UK), in the UK. He was also responsible for the launch of the Super RTL channel in Germany and for the development of CLT’s digital TV project, Club RTL .[6] Hans-Holger started his career at Modern Times Group MTG AB in 1997 as Head of the pay-TV operations at Viasat Broadcasting.[7] In 1999, he was appointed as Head of all of Viasat Broadcasting’s operations. In April 2000, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MTG. He became President and CEO of MTG AB on October 1, 2000, when the Kinnevik Group was chaired by the late entrepreneur Jan Stenbeck, founder of MTG and telecommunications operators Tele2[8] and Millicom.[9] During his tenure, MTG’s sales more than doubled from 5.4 billion Swedish krona in 2000 to 13.5 billion krona in 2011. MTG now has free-TV operations in 11 countries[10] and satellite pay-TV platforms in 9 countries, operates the Viaplay Nordic online pay-TV service[11] and its portfolio of 20 thematic movie, sports and documentary pay-TV channels are available in 34 countries across Europe, Russia, the CIS, Africa and the US.

Private life[edit]

Hans-Holger Albrecht resides in London, Austria and Stockholm, and is married with seven children, as many as his sister Ursula von der Leyen, who became Germany's first female defence minister on 17 December 2013. Previously she was appointed Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs on 30 November 2009 and, prior to that, Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth from 2005.


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