“The new challenges presented by greater competition and the need for MegaFon’s technological transformation require changes in the management structure and greater involvement by the controlling shareholder in the Company’s operations. The current Board of Directors saw one of its main objectives as developing a new long-term development strategy for the Company, which was approved earlier this year. A new composition of the Board of Directors will focus on implementation of the strategy and boosting the Company’s operational efficiency.
The nominees for the Board of Directors from USM Holdings have extensive experience of corporate governance and have already long been involved in the Company’s development. The involvement of representatives of Gazprombank and new independent directors in the Board of Directors’ work will mean the application of international best practices and also experience from business adjacent to telecom.
I am confident that the new Board of Directors will ensure efficient implementation of the Company’s strategy in the interests of all shareholders,” commented Mr. Streshinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MegaFon and a member of the Board of Directors of USM Holdings.
“This year Gazprombank became a shareholder in MegaFon and, as the owner of 18.8% in the Company, nominated two representatives to the Board of Directors. We are hoping for long-term fruitful cooperation and effective work by the Board of Directors in the best interests of MegaFon and its shareholders,” commented Alexey Matveev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Gazprombank.
Information on nominees:
Born in 1981. Currently holds the position of Head of Directorate for Development and Management of Telecommunication Assets at USM Management LLC. Since 2015, he has been the Controller of PeterService JSC. From December 2015 until April 2017, he was a Board member of InPlat Technologies LLC. In 2001, Mr. Anipkin graduated from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and in 2003, received additional qualifications in Accounting, Analysis and Audit.
Born in 1980. Presently holds the position of CEO of Gazprombank Asset Management CJSC. From 2012 until 2016, he served in management positions at Gazprombank OJSC. Prior to Gazprombank, for over 15 years, he held management positions in Russian commercial banks, being in charge of treasury operations, in-house investments and asset management. In 2002, Mr. Antonyuk graduated from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil & Gas with a major in Economics & Management at Oil & Gas Enterprises and, in 2006, graduated from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He also holds an MBA.
Born in 1976. Currently Deputy CEO for Economics and Finance at USM Management LLC. Mr. Bystrykh graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 1998 with a degree in Finance and Credit. Before joining USM in 2012, he worked in the banking sector. Mr. Bystrykh has 15 years’ experience at credit institutions, including working at Sberbank Russia in 2002 through 2012 in different positions and working on financing issues for major clients in the telecom sector.
Born in 1966. One of the founders and Chairman of the Board of Directors of 3 Step IT Group Oy. Mr. Veijalainen is a technology industry professional with extensive experience. Thanks to his zeal and innovative approach, the two people start-up he founded in 1997 has grown into an international company with a turnover of 550 million euros. Before 3 Step IT Group Oy, he served as Country Manager at DEClease and also as a financial consultant at PSP-Finance. Mr. Veijalainen holds a business degree with MBA studies from Aalto University.
Born in 1963. Presently holds the position of Director for Management of Telecommunication Infrastructure Projects at USM Management LLC. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of PeterService JSC. From 2008 until 2012, he held the position of Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Altimo LLC. In 1985, Mr. Esikov graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute with a degree in Vacuum Engineering of Electro-Physical Machines.
Born in 1981. Presently holds the position of Managing Director and Head of the Investment Analytics Directorate at USM Management LLC and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Peter-Service JSC. From 2009 until 2012, he held the position of Vice President and Head of the Expert Analytics Department at Telecominvest OJSC. Mr. Kaplun graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003 with a degree in International Economic Relations.
Born in 1962. Currently CEO of Nortal Oy and also Chief Commercial Officer of Nortal AS. Mr. Koponen has extensive experience in the technology sector, having previously headed such major telecommunications companies as Sonera (Finland), Tele2 (Sweden) and Wataniya Telecom (Kuwait). His professional background also includes work at Ericsson, HP and Shell. Mr. Koponen graduated from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 2004 as a Doctor of Economics and also holds an MBA.
Born in 1974. Presently holds the position of Head of the Project and Structured Financing Department at Gazprombank JSC. From March 2011 until October 2017, he worked as Deputy Head of Project and Structured Financing at Gazprombank JSC. Presently Mr. Ushkov is a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: RosEuroDevelopment Ufa LLC, RosEuroDevelopment Krasnoyarsk LLC, StroiProfit LLC and Stroitel CJSC. Mr. Ushkov graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1996 with a degree in Investment Economics.
Born in 1972. Presently holds the position of Managing Director for Strategy & Organizational Development at the Company. From 2013 until 2016, she was First Deputy CEO of USM Management LLC and a board member of Metalloinvest Management Company LLC. In 2011-2012, she held the position of Executive Vice President for Business Development on the Russian Consumer Market at Vimpelcom. Ms. Chumachenko graduated from Voronezh State Construction Engineering Academy with a degree in Engineering Systems and Constructions, and Voronezh State University with a degree in Management. She has a Master Trainer diploma from the Door International Center of Training and Coaching.
All the nominated candidates expressed their consent to be elected as members of the Company’s Board of Directors.
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Notes to Editors
MegaFon PJSC is a leading Russian integrated telecommunication service provider, operating in all segments of the telecommunications markets in Russia, and in the Republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon is a recognized market leader in the provision of mobile data services, was the first operator in Russia to launch commercial operation of a third generation (3G) network and was the first operator in the world to launch commercial operation of an LTE-Advanced (4G) data network. MegaFon is traded on the Moscow Exchange and the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MFON. Additional information about MegaFon and the products and services provided by MegaFon can be found at: http://www.megafon.ru.
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