Two senior execs have left VEON as the operator rejigs two business units in an effort to give greater control to the heads of local opcos.

Amsterdam-based Jon Eddy and Mikhail Gerchuk, the Heads of Emerging Markets of of Eurasia respectively, have left the company.

They are replaced by Aamir Hafeez Ibrahim, CEO of VEON’s Jazz opco in Pakistan, and Peter Chernyshov, CEO of Ukraine-based Kyivstar.

Moving forward, Ibrahim will serve as the company’s Head of Emerging Markets, covering Algeria and Bangladesh in addition to Pakistan.

Chernyshov becomes VEON’s Head of Eurasia, which overs Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, alongside his day-to-day role in the Ukraine.

Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VEON, said: “Both Aamir and Peter have broad international experience and a deep knowledge of their respective markets.

“They are currently heading two of the most successful operating companies in our portfolio and I look forward to their contributions in helping grow our core connectivity businesses and accelerating the pace of development of our digital strategy.

“These moves also reflect the wider changes in our business as we draw on leaders who are closer to their markets, with the requisite experience to guide our businesses on a global level.

“I would like to thank Jon and Mikhail for their strong leadership and commitment over the years.”

The departures come two months after VEON lost its Chief Performance Transformation Officer.

The operator is set to report its 2017 financial report next week.

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