VEON Names Ursula Burns CEO
VEON, a multinational telecommunication services company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Thursday announced the appointment of Ursula Burns as Chairman and CEO. She assumes the helm after having served as Chair of the company’s Board of Directors since July 2017 and as Executive Chairman since March. The daughter of Panamanian immigrants has extensive international experience at large companies confronting technology change in their industries. She was Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and CEO from 2009 to 2016. Then-President Barack Obama appointed her to help lead the White House national program on STEM and she served as Chair of the President's Export Council. She currently sits on the Boards of Exxon Mobil, Nestlé, and Uber. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 60-year-old NYC native earned her Master’s from Columbia University after graduating from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. "I am honored to be appointed Chairman and CEO of VEON. The company operates in a diverse group of markets, with growing populations and rapidly increasing smartphone ownership. This clearly presents a host of growth opportunities for VEON as we seek to build on the positive momentum that we are seeing across the business. I look forward to continuing to lead VEON towards more success and increased shareholder value," Burns said. More here.