At Roaming Networks Group, our employees are valued for their uniqueness. Being an international company and employing people from 30 countries means having colleagues and teammates of 30 different nationalities and cultures communicating and interacting, sharing experiences from various markets and corners of the globe.
On this occasion, we would like to introduce you to our colleague, Stein Hansen, Chief Executive Officer at Roaming Networks AS, Norway, who was happy to answer a few questions for us.
How would you sum up your professional career?
I have been doing mobile business all my life, but my career has in some ways been going around in circles. I have been doing mobile technology development and strategy and I have been doing management of mobile networks and rollout, and then I have been doing it all again. My work has also taken me to several countries, like France, Germany and Malaysia, it has allowed me to work internationally for many years. Mobile networks are a great business and they make the world go round.
What do you like the most regarding your job, and what are your challenges?
My job today is very operational and I deal with all kinds of challenges – from optimizing our rollout together with our customers and suppliers, to establishing a new office and supporting our teams to do a good job. It feels nice to be back in operations again.
What would you say to yourself at the beginning of your professional career?
I guess I was quite lucky at the start of my career when I was put directly into the centre of events. In any case, I would have said the same as I would say to anyone new: be proactive and take charge of your job. As long as you keep doing a good job, you will always have success in the end.
What makes you excited about Mondays?
Mondays are the start of a new week – assessing the previous week and planning the next.
How would you advise someone who’s interested in moving to Norway?
Norway is a country with a high standard of living and beautiful nature. However, Norwegians are quite reserved, so you should expect to need some time to get to know them. If you come to Norway in the summer period, you will find that people are out all day and all night, simply because there is daylight for many hours. For example, in downtown Oslo you will find a great nightlife and happy people, especially if the weather is nice.
How do you prefer to spend your spare time?
I have a cabin in the Norwegian mountains, so I like to go there on selected weekends, mostly in wintertime for skiing, but all year as well. I also have a dog, so being out and about is something I spend time on daily. For summer vacation, I like to go to southern Europe for some sunshine.