Alex Kazbegi has been appointed the chief strategy officer at Veon, effective February 18.
He will join Veon’s group executive committee and report to Ursula Burns, then company’s chairman and CEO.
Kazbegi brings considerable experience in telecoms and infrastructure after more than 20 years in investment banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has been consistently ranked as a leading telecoms analyst in Russia and EMEA by the key industry surveys.
Most recently, he was MD and head of EMEA Telecom, Transportation, Infrastructure and Healthcare Research at Renaissance Capital, and prior to that a lead telecoms analyst for EMEA at Citigroup.
In his new role Kazbegi will oversee Veon’s efforts to identify growth and business development opportunities.
Commenting on the development, Burns said: “Alex’s appointment is a further sign of the momentum that is building at Veon, as we seek to strengthen our core business and grow new revenue streams while remaining focused on ethics and compliance. His experience covering telecoms in Russia and other emerging markets will help the group executive committee lead Veon towards more success and increased shareholder value.”
Veon’s assets include Beeline in Russia and Kyivstar in Ukraine.