VEON group management and structure update

  • Operating companies to report to Group COO to enhance emerging markets focus
  • Leadership team changes and new simplified structure

Amsterdam, 19 July 2018 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading provider of connectivity and internet services, announces plans to further simplify the Group’s operating model.

As part of its ongoing comprehensive review to ensure VEON’s HQ is an effective, efficient organisation, the Group is making changes to how it supports its operating companies in emerging markets.

Operations function restructure

Kjell Morten Johnsen is appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer, a role he had held on an interim basis since March 2018. Kjell was previous VEON’s Head of Major Markets, having joined in 2016 from his position as Head of Telenor Europe.

To support VEON’s increased focus on emerging markets with a simplified flatter structure, all VEON’s operating companies will report directly to the Group Chief Operating Officer.

Aamir Hafeez Ibrahim, previously Head of Emerging Markets, will remain as Chief Executive Officer of Jazz in Pakistan. Peter Chernyshov, previously Head of Eurasia and Chief Executive Officer of Kyivstar in Ukraine, has decided to leave the Group. Aleksandr Komarov, Chief Executive Officer of Beeline Kazakhstan will additionally take up the role of Kyivstar Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis.

Other leadership changes

Christopher Schlaeffer, Group Chief Commercial & Digital Officer, has chosen to leave VEON later this year. Christopher joined at the start of 2016 to lead a newly created Digital function as well as the Group’s commercial teams. A search is underway for his successor.

Mark MacGann, Group Chief Corporate & Public Affairs Officer, has also decided to leave VEON. Mark joined in early 2016 in a newly created role to oversee the Group’s communications, corporate, regulatory and government affairs efforts. The position is not being filled and the teams will be integrated into different relevant functions.

Operating model and HQ review

The new high-level structure is now established as VEON continues to create a leaner HQ with clear accountability. This work is ongoing as VEON transitions to a more efficient operating model.

“We are creating a new, more simple structure that will help our operating companies deliver the best services to customers and realise even greater value for shareholders,” said Ursula Burns, Executive Chairman of VEON. “I thank those leaving us for their hard work and support and I wish them well for the future. We look forward to providing more details of our progress on our priorities when we report our second quarter earnings in the coming weeks.”

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