AMSTERDAM -- Global Internet and connectivity provider VEON has appointed Alex Kazbegi Chief Strategy Officer, effective Feb. 18, joining VEON's Group Executive Committee and reporting to Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns.
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, Kazbegi was a Managing Director and Head of EMEA Telecom, Transportation, Infrastructure and Healthcare Research at Renaissance Capital where he and his team covered about 30 stocks while playing a leading role in multiple high-profile IPOs. Prior to that, Kazbegi was a lead telecoms analyst for EMEA at Citigroup.
Kazbegi will oversee VEON's efforts to identify growth and business development opportunities.
"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," Burns said. "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."
Kazbegi holds dual British and Georgian citizenship. He was awarded an MBA from Tulane University in the USA and a PhD in Theoretical and Mathematic Physics from Tbilisi State University.
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