Rainer Rathgeber to Take Over as CEO of Kazakhstan's Kcell

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Telia Company announced appointent of Rainer Rathgeber as CEO of Kazakhstan's Kcell, taking over from Arti Ots who has headed the company since 2014.

Rainer Rathgeber has extensive experience from the telecommunications industry and has worked for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, as COO at the Etisalat Group and most recently as CEO of Ufone, a subsidiary of Pakistan Telecom. Rathgeber will take up the position as CEO of Kcell JSC as soon as all necessary work permits are in place.

Mansur Khamidov, Vice President Fintur Markets at Telia Company, will be CEO of Kcell from mid-August when Arti Ots leaves Kcell, until Rathgeber takes up the position.

Telia said the appointment of a new CEO of Kcell does not change its ambition to exit Region Eurasia. Telia Company owns a 60.4 percent direct and indirect stake in Kcell which is listed at the London Stock Exchange and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

Jan Rudberg, Chairman of Kcell's Board of Directors
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Arti Ots for his dedicated work and contribution to the company. His experience and leadership skills have been invaluable to Kcell during the last four years in a very challenging business environment.

Emil Nilsson, SVP and Head of Cluster Lithuania, Estonia and Denmark, and Region Eurasia
Arti Ots has been a highly valued colleague in our Eurasian team for several years and in different roles. I now look forward to sitting down with him to discuss alternative future career options.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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