Arelion names Daniel Kurgan as its CEO

Oct. 25, 2023
He replaces CEO Staffan Göjeryd, who is stepping down from the company.
Arelion has shuffled its top management deck, naming Daniel Kurgan as its president and CEO of Arelion. He is taking the reins of the company from Staffan Göjeryd, who is leaving the company after seven years with the company.

Kurgan is hardly a stranger to Arelion. Since January 2022, he has served as the Board Executive of Arelion. A 25-year telecom veteran, Kurgan previously served in various high level positions, including 14 years as CEO of BICs, Chairman of TeleSign, Chairman of Intercloud and Senior Advisor at Drake Star.

His appointment comes as Arelion begins a new era after former parent Telia divested the unit when it was known as Telia Carrier in 2021. The company was sold to a group of Swedish pension funds.

Later in January 2022, it renamed itself Arelion. The company operates its AS1299 worldwide internet backbone and complementary infrastructure, which together includes more than 70,000 km of fiber and 1,700 MPLS endpoints in 125 countries.

“Arelion enters a new chapter as an independent company after the completed spin-off from Telia, and the Board assesses that the company’s long-term development will benefit from a new leadership. We are therefore pleased to appoint Daniel Kurgan as CEO for Arelion,” said Eva Elmstedt, Chairman of the Board. “With a proven track record from leading positions in the industry, Daniel brings the experience and qualifications required to lead Arelion on this new journey. Having been on the Board for two years, he is also familiar with the company and its culture.”

Daniel Kurgan will take on the position of CEO of Arelion with immediate effect and leaves the Board, of which he has been a member since January 2022. Staffan Göjeryd, who has led Arelion (previously Telia Carrier) since August 2016, will step down.

“The Board would like to take the opportunity to thank Staffan Göjeryd for his great contributions and long commitment to the company,” Elmstedt said. “Staffan has been the backbone of Arelion for many years and laid the foundation for what we will continue to build on.”

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