Veon announced the results of the elections conducted at its annual general meeting of shareholders held earlier on 30 July. Shareholders elected three new members of the company’s BoD, Guillaume Bacuvier, Osama Bedier and Robert Jan van de Kraats, as well as eight previously serving directors, Ursula Burns, Mikhail M. Fridman, Gennady Gazin, Gunnar Holt, Andrei Gusev, Sir Julian Horn-Smith, Guy Laurence and Alexander Pertsovsky.
Bacuvier brings to the board considerable experience in data science and digital marketing. He served as the CEO of Dunnhumby since 2017.
Bedier brings to the board a wealth of expertise in digital technology. He is the founder and CEO of Poynt, which develops and markets credit card processing terminals for small businesses. Bedier also serves on the boards of QIWI, WePay and PayRange. Before founding Poynt, he was VP of Payments at Google, where he created Google Wallet. He also ran product and engineering at PayPal.
Van de Kraats RA (Chartered Accountant) brings to the board his experience as a seasoned international non-executive board member, having served in such positions for the past 13 years. He also serves as an advisor to the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).
Shareholders also approved the reappointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants as the company’s indindependent auditor and the adoption of newly Amended and Restated Bye-laws of the company. Among other matters, the newly Amended and Restated Bye-laws simplify the company’s internal governance structure by removing the concept of a two-tiered supervisory board and management board and renaming the company’s former supervisory board as the company’s board of directors.
Holders of approximately 99.6 percent of the company’s shares were represented at the annual general meeting.