Ursula Burns, former Xerox CEO, nominated to Veon’s supervisory board

VEON, formerly VimpelCom, has announced the nomination of two directors to the telco’s Supervisory Board at its AGM held on July 24, 2017.

The candidates nominated to the Supervisory Board include each of the 9 existing directors currently serving on the Supervisory Board, as well as two new directors, Ursula Burns and Guy Laurence.

(TOP: Ursula Burns, the former Xerox chair and CEO. Photo: BusinessInsider).

Ursula Burns, a US citizen, served as Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation (2009 – 2016). During her tenure as CEO, she helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Most recently in 2016, she led Xerox through a successful separation into two independent, publicly traded companies.  Ursula also regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, and is a board director of American Express, Exxon Mobil, Nestlé and Datto. US President Barack Obama appointed Ursula to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from 2009-2016, and she served as chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015-2016 after service as vice chair from 2010-2015.

Guy Laurence brings more than 30 years of global experience in telecommunications, media and pay television. He was previously CEO at Rogers, a CDN $14 billion (US $10.5 billion) telecoms and media group in Canada, and prior to that he worked at Vodafone for thirteen years holding several senior positions including CEO of Vodafone UK, operating in one of the most competitive and mature communications markets in the world, and CEO of Vodafone Netherlands. In addition to his deep experience in telecom and entertainment, Guy is often credited for his digital transformation skills.

Commenting on the appointments, Alexey Reznikovich, Chairman of VEON’s Supervisory Board, said: “We are delighted with the nominations to join the VEON Supervisory Board. Ursula Burns has a highly impressive background in leading successful business transformations and working with some of the most high profile US blue-chip companies. She will bring substantial expertise as VEON becomes an increasingly international company. Guy Laurence brings significant global telecom and media experience through his time at Rogers and Vodafone. Both appointments also signify VEON’s continued commitment to enhancing the company’s corporate governance.”

Amterdam-based VEON is global provider of telecoms and digital services. The firm was formerly known as VimpelCom before it’s rebranded towards the end of March this year.

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