VEON shareholders elect new independent Supervisory Board directors - Ursula Burns to become Chairman of the Board

Amsterdam, 24 July 2017 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of telecommunications and digital services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving more than 235 million customers, today announces the election of its Supervisory Board, including two new independent directors, Ursula Burns and Guy Laurence.
 
Following the election of the directors, the Supervisory Board appointed Ursula Burns, the former Xerox head, to become Chairman of VEON’s Supervisory Board effective today. Alexey Reznikovich, the outgoing Chairman, will continue to serve as a member of the Supervisory Board. With the election of Ursula Burns and Guy Laurence, the Supervisory Board will increase from nine to eleven members, including the reelected nine outgoing members.
 
Commenting on her appointment, Ursula Burns said: “I am delighted to be joining VEON as it executes on its strategy to reinvent the idea of what a telecoms company can be. This is a familiar challenge for me: I spent much of my career at Xerox transforming a previously highly successful but traditional business to meet the challenges of today's digital world. I am also looking forward to working with the board to continue to reinforce VEON's corporate governance and culture of compliance, and in guiding our management team to deliver the financial performance that will create long-term value for our shareholders."
 
Alexey Reznikovich, outgoing Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “Over the past two and a half years VEON has embarked on a transformational journey driven by our Global Leadership team. Today’s appointments represent another key milestone in this journey and we will look to continue to increase the independence of the Supervisory Board, ensuring it is aligned with global corporate governance best practice. Ursula Burns is a highly-experienced businesswoman, with a proven track record in leading successful corporate transformations throughout her business career. I am delighted that she has become the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Guy Laurence is also an established global telecom executive having successful periods working at Rogers and Vodafone. I look forward to working with both Ursula and Guy over the coming years.”
The reappointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants NV as the Company’s auditor was also approved. Holders of approximately 86% of the Company’s shares were represented at the Annual General Meeting.