VEON Appoints New Group CFO


VEON, a global provider of connectivity and digital services, has appointed Serkan Okandan as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from 1 May 2020.

According to the company, Okandan brings more than 25 years’ experience to VEON, including as Group CFO at the Etisalat Group and Group CFO at Turkcell. During his twenty years at the Etisalat Group and Turkcell, telecommunications providers in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, he also held senior management and board positions of subsidiaries in Ukraine and Pakistan – two of VEON’s largest operating countries.

Okandan will report to VEON’s co-CEOs Sergi Herrero and Kaan Terzioglu and join VEON’s Group Executive Committee.

Commenting on the appointment, Kaan Terzioglu and Sergi Herrero said, “Serkan is a first-class executive who brings a wealth of experience to VEON which will be invaluable as we look to consolidate our position in connectivity and digital services. We are pleased to welcome him to VEON.”

Serkan Okandan believes that “VEON is a company with a clear strategy for growth over the coming years, in both connectivity and digital services. With new co-CEOs and 212 million customers in some of the world’s most dynamic and youthful countries, I am delighted to join and help drive the company’s growth agenda.”

Okandan is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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