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MegaFon announces appointment of Ivan Tavrin as Chief Executive Officer

MegaFon announces appointment of Ivan Tavrin as Chief Executive Officer

2012-04-20

The Еxtraordinary General Shareholders Meeting decided to appoint Ivan Tavrin as Chief Executive Officer of MegaFon.

MegaFon’s Board of Directors decided that Sergey Soldatenkov, formerly MegaFon’s CEO, will be recommended as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors at the next annual shareholders meeting. The decision will come into force as of April 20, 2012.

«We have tremendous appreciation for the invaluable contribution made by Sergey Soldatenkov, his significant personal effort and the excellent results the company has achieved under his leadership. Through his guidance and vision, MegaFon is now one of the distinguished leaders of the Russian telecommunication market. Sergey’s keen management led to the right investment and marketing policy, established high standards of customer service and steered the Company’s transformation from a mobile operator into a dynamic universal telecommunications provider with strategically important leadership in the mobile data market. On behalf of the Board, I am happy to welcome Ivan Tavrin to his new post and I would like to wish him every success in his new role,», said Aimo Eloholma, Chairman of the Board of MegaFon.

Having considered a number of other candidates, all shareholders agree that the candidacy of Ivan Tavrin is optimal. Sergey Soldatenkov has completed the process of introducing Ivan Tavrin to all aspects of the company’s operations. This process took place over a period of approximately four months, during which time Ivan became fully aware of the company’s directions in all key areas, including the work of all affiliates and subsidiaries.

«I believe it is crucial to continue using MegaFon’s best practices, as well as bringing new ideas and solutions to the Company’s operations. It is really important for me that we offer our clients top-quality, reliable and available services based on the best modern technology,» said Ivan Tavrin, Chief Executive Officer of MegaFon.

Ivan Tavrin biography

Ivan Tavrin was born on November 1, 1976 in Moscow and he is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). In 1997, Ivan Tavrin founded “Construct-Region” and developed it into the largest agency in the regional advertising market. Ivan was involved in establishing a number of successful Russian media companies, including Regional Media Group, Media One Holding, Vyberi Radio Group and TV-3. Ivan Tavrin is Chairman of the Board and a shareholder in UTH, media holding company in Russia (MUZ-TV and Disney Channel). In 2009, Ivan Tavrin received “Russia’s Media Manager of the Year” award. He is a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of TV and Radio Broadcasters.

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