TeliaSonera has announced the appointment of Johan Dennelind as its new president and CEO.

He replaces Lars Nyberg, who stepped down in February following a review of allegations surrounding the company's dealings in Uzbekistan six years ago.

Dennelind, who most recently served as CEO of South Africa-based Vodacom International but also has experience at Scandinavian rival Telenor, will take up his new role on 1 September.

“I am very proud to have been given this vote of confidence from the Board of Directors and I am excited about and humble towards this new challenge,” said Dennelind.

“TeliaSonera is today one of Europe’s leading telecom operators with a large international presence and I look forward to leading the company during the next phase of development.”

Per-Arne Blomquist will remain as acting CEO until 1 September before returning to his role as Executive Vice President and CFO.

“I am delighted that Johan Dennelind will be joining TeliaSonera,” said TeliaSonera chairman Marie Ehrling.

“[He] brings with him almost 20 years of experience from the telecommunication industry and has during his time at Telenor and most recently at Vodacom proven that he can successfully lead organisations in significant change processes within an international environment.”

Dennelind’s appointment comes at a difficult time for the operator.

Following the furore over its business in Uzbekistan, TeliaSonera appointed law firm Norton Rose to undertake a thorough country-by-country review of its affairs in Eurasia.

The operator’s most recent financial results, meanwhile, show revenues in the first three months of 2013 were down 4.5 percent year-on-year to €2.9 billion, while profits were flat at €528 million.

 

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