CEO of VEON Resigns, Chairwoman Appointed as Acting Chief

Mr. Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive of VEON — the parent group of Jazz — has resigned from his position after leading the company for three years, said a press statement issued a while ago.

Ms. Ursula Burns, who has been Chairwoman of the VEON Supervisory Board since July 2017, has been appointed the acting Chief of VEON with immediate effect.

Jean-Yves Charlier’s contract was due for a renewal at the end of March 2018 but he decided to step down from the position.

Mr. Charlier is credited for his immense focus towards converting VEON (previously VimpelCom) from a carrier to an internet company. He launched VEON — a chat app that integrates various services — in Pakistan, Russia, Georgia, Italy and Ukraine — during his time.

He steered the firm from tough financial times when the group faced a bribery scandal in Uzbekistan followed by Telenor Group’s exit from VimpelCom.


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Charlier successfully bettered the financial health of the group through cost optimization.

Mr. Charlier said:

“It has been a privilege to lead VEON through a critical period in its history.  Over the past three years, we have achieved a profound transformation of the Group and I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished.”

It is yet to be seen if Charlier’s successor will maintain similar kind of focus on VEON or not.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Wonder how much hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on this stupid product. I do not want to blame Pakistani people as here Telcos are filled with mainly marketing people who did a good job of projecting what their bosses told them to. Main in competent was Aamir Ibrahim. He promoted idea of application and services tied to network provider. It is a stupid idea and a serious regulatory issue. ATnT deal of Time Warner Bro is blocked by regulator for regulatory issues as it gives unfair competition for other applications & services. This happens when you put people good in selling ice cream, clothing brands in charge of tech.

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