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Russia’s VimpelCom owner appoints new CEO of Ukraine’s Kyivstar

MOSCOW, June 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Ltd., the sole owner of major Russian mobile operator VimpelCom, has appointed Peter Chernyshov as CEO of its Ukrainian business Kyivstar, according to a statement of VimpelCom Ltd. released on June 13.

Chernyshov will succeed Ihor Litovchenko, the Kyivstar founder, who had decided to retire from the company after 20 years as CEO. The appointment will take effect from June 25.

Vimpelcom Ltd. CEO Jo Lunder said that he is pleased that Chernyshov is joining the team. “Peter is a first class professional and an experienced leader who is highly respected across Ukraine. In his role, Peter will focus on strengthening Kyivstar’s leadership position in the industry by providing the best service to our customers,” Lunder said, as cited in the statement.

VimpelCom Ltd. is one of the world’s largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada.

As of March 31, VimpelCom Ltd. had 218 million mobile customers.