Pertti Johansson, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development


In his more than 35 years of leadership experience in the technology field, Pertti has generated billions in sales, leading geographically diverse organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He has held senior leadership roles at Qualcomm Incorporated and Motorola Corporation, having served for more than a decade at the latter.

Most recently, Pertti held senior management positions at Powerwave Technologies Inc., a global supplier of cellular coverage, where he was responsible for Latin America sales, and Monitise Group, a leading mobile banking services provider, where he oversaw wireless activity to develop new services, solutions and partnerships. Previously, Pertti served as president, Europe/MEA at Qualcomm. In this position, Pertti was the chief executive, strategist and main driver for Qualcomm penetration into the European, Middle East and Africa markets. There he led strategy, business development and operations for the region, overseeing early expansion of Qualcomm’s WCDMA (UMTS) networks.

Earlier in his career, Pertti spent more than 15 years at Motorola Corporation, where he pioneered and led Motorola’s international cellular network success in global strategy, sales, marketing, implementation and operations throughout the world. During the first 12 years, he built Motorola’s international cellular network business from 4 customers to 120, growing annual revenues from 50 million to five billion dollars. He also initiated the company’s cellular business in China, developing strong local partnerships and growing operation to 400 people and revenue to one billion dollars per year. He also negotiated and sold the first wireless network contracts in Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, as well as lobbied for deregulation and privatization of cellular in India on behalf of the company. Before Motorola, he spent more than a decade at ITT Corporation, a $40 billion conglomerate, in various engineering, marketing and management positions for fixed line switching and transmission solutions.

Pertti graduated from the Helsinki Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, specializing in telecommunication. He has served on more than a dozen boards of directors globally between 1999 and the present, and still maintains his position on four of these boards, including an active position on the Africa Broadband Forum, which promotes broadband development in Africa and assists new and established operators to gain knowledge about best practices and solutions.