ISLAMABAD – Yahya Khan has been appointed as Chief Financial Services Officer in Telenor Pakistan. Yahya will be joining the company from 20 January 2014. Roar Bjaerum will be moving to Bangkok, Thailand as Head of Financial Services Asia for Telenor Group.
Yahya has over 18 years of Banking, supply chain management and financial consultancy experience in various industries that include companies like ICI, Engro, Unilever, PwC and AXA Life Insurance. He is currently working with J.P. Morgan in London, UK as Executive Director and has been with J.P. Morgan London since early 2007.
Yahya is a qualified Chartered accountant from PwC London and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. In addition to this, Yahya also has a Master’s degree in Operations Management from Cranfield University, UK wherein he focused on B2B, B2C connectivity and supply chain management techniques.
“Financial Services in general and branchless banking in particular is a growth area, not just for Telenor but also for Pakistan. It has a deep socio-economic impact on the wider ecosystem achieved through active financial inclusion of the otherwise financially excluded significant majority. I am enthusiastic about utilizing all my financial engineering skills in order to take Easypaisa to the new heights, propelled by the momentum created by a very talented Easypaisa team.” said Yahya Khan, appointed Chief Financial Services Officer of Telenor Pakistan.
Roar Bjaerum has been a driving force behind the success of Easypaisa brand. He moved to Pakistan as Head of Easypaisa in April 2010. Under his dynamic leadership Easypaisa has grown exponentially over the years and now holds a very strong number one position in mobile banking in Pakistan and the third largest mobile money deployment in the world. Easypaisa evolved under Roar’s guidance into more than just a money transfer service. It now boasts a unique saving and insurance product, another first of its kind in the world.
In his new role Roar Bjaerum will be the Head of Financial Services Asia for Telenor Group. He will be joining his new position from 1 February 2014 and will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It was a unique and a very rewarding experience to have led a team of very dedicated and talented people who made Easypaisa the third largest mobile money service in the world”, said Roar Bjaerum, “I am extremely proud to have been part of this team that has built a service in Pakistan that has empowered the people of Pakistan and also given Telenor a position as one of the leaders in mobile banking worldwide”.
“We are grateful for Roar’s tremendous contributions to the company and to the Easypaisa brand; he passes on a legacy and a solid platform that will allow for future growth and prosperity. It was under his confident leadership that Easypaisa has evolved so much”, said Lars Christian Iuel, CEO Telenor Pakistan. “I am also looking forward to having Yahya in my top management team. With his varied national and international experience, his financial prowess and along with a very talented team of Easypaisa, I am very confident that we will be able to further consolidate and strengthen our number one position in the market and take Financial Services to newer heights.”