FormerlyVimpelCom Ltd. (2009–2017)
Company typePublic
Euronext AmsterdamVEON
PredecessorPJSC VimpelCom and Kyivstar
Founded2009; 15 years ago (2009)
FounderDmitry Zimin
Augie K. Fabela
Area served
Africa, Asia, Europe
Key people
Morten Lundal (chairman)
Kaan Terzioğlu (CEO)
ProductsMobile telephony, mobile phones retailing, international telephony, broadband Internet, IPTV, city-wide Wi-Fi, domain name registrar and others
RevenueIncreaseUS$ 9.78 billion (2016) [1]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$ 33.85 billion (2016)[2]
OwnersLetterone (47.9%)
Free Float (43.8%)
The Stichting (8.3%)
Number of employees

VEON Ltd. (formerly VimpelCom Ltd.) is a Dutch-domiciled multinational telecommunication services company. It predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. It is the 13th largest mobile network operator in the world by number of subscribers. [3] The company operates in six markets including Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, VEON announced the sale of its Russian operations on 24 November 2022.[4] VEON's brands include Kyivstar, Jazz Pakistan, Banglalink and others.

VEON is listed on Nasdaq in New York and Euronext in Amsterdam. The company has thousands of shareholders from around the world.



Main articles: PJSC VimpelCom and Beeline (brand)

Dmitry Zimin, co-founder and honorary president

Russian PJSC VimpelCom was founded in 1992 in Moscow when VimpelCom's co-founders, Russian Dmitry Zimin[5] and American Augie K. Fabela II came together to pioneer a new direction in the Russian mobile industry - their company was one of the first mobile carriers in Russia.[6] Augie Fabela, who was then a young entrepreneur from the United States, and Zimin, who was a Russian scientist in his fifties, together launched the Beeline brand in 1993. Its name derives from Russian: вымпел, which translates as pennon.

Early history

See also: Kyivstar

The old logo of OJSC VimpelCom during NYSE listing in 1996-2010
Veon logo until 2017

VimpelCom Ltd. holding company was founded in 2009. In 2009, Telenor and Alfa agreed to merge their assets in VimpelCom and Kyivstar (Ukraine's number one wireless operator) with the aim of creating VimpelCom Ltd. (incorporated in Bermuda).[7]

In October 2010, the united company acquired from Naguib Sawiris two assets:[citation needed]

Alexander Izosimov was the CEO of VimpelCom Ltd. until May 2011

As of 31 December 2011, the company had 205 million customers across 20 countries.[8] After several divestments and a business transformation, by summer 2017, VEON had a combined subscriber base of more than 200 million across 12 markets.[9]

The company announced that it would switch the listing of its ADS shares from the NYSE to the NASDAQ with trading beginning on 10 September 2013.[10]

In February 2015, the government of Algeria acquired a 51% stake in Djezzy for US$2.6 billion.[11]

In September 2014, VimpelCom agreed to sell its majority stake in Canadian mobile operator Wind Mobile for $272 million to its minority owner Globalive.[12]

In summer 2015, the United States Justice Department claimed that VimpelCom used a network of shell companies and phony consulting contracts to funnel bribes to a close relative of the president of Uzbekistan, in exchange for access to that country's telecommunications market.[13] The board of one part-owner, Norwegian telecom operator Telenor, has severed consulting ties with its former chief executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas due to the continuing police investigation.[14]

In November 2015 the CEO, Jo Lunder was arrested on corruption charges in Oslo, Norway. The case alleges that in exchange for an operating license, VimpelCom has funneled $57.5M to Takilant, a company linked to Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov.[15]

In February 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a global settlement along with the U.S. Department of Justice and Dutch regulators that requires telecommunications provider VimpelCom Ltd. to pay more than $795 million to resolve its violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to win business in Uzbekistan.[16][17]


Veon logo from 2017 to 2022

In February 2017, VimpelCom renamed itself VEON, named after the messaging platform that it had developed. The company explained that the re-branding, under the guidance of Peter Arnell, was part of a shift towards marketing themselves as a technology company, and not solely a telecommunications firm.[18][19] In April 2017, VEON announced the listing and trading of shares of VEON on Euronext Amsterdam.[20]

Veon headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands

In July 2017, VEON announced launching Personal Internet Platform named VEON in major markets: Italy, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Georgia. The platform provides contextualized, personalized internet experiences and opportunities, enabling customers to call, chat, read, watch, listen and share media, manage account (top up, opt in/out services).[21]

In March 2018, CEO Jean-Yves Charlier resigned and CEO duties were temporarily assumed by VEON's chair, Ursula Burns.[22] Burns was appointed as CEO, while remaining as chairman, in December 2018.[23]

In October 2019, VEON hired former ex-Turkcell CEO Kaan Terzioğlu as COO of VEON Group, together with Sergi Herrero.[24]

In February 2020, Herrero and Terzioğlu were appointed co-CEOs, succeeding Burns.[25]

In June 2020, Gennady Gazin succeeded Burns as chairman.[26]

In June 2021, Kaan Terzioğlu was appointed as VEON Group Chief Executive Officer.

In June 2023, Morten Lundal was appointed as Chair of the VEON Board.

On 9th October 2023 VEON announced it had completed the sale of its Russian business. As a result of the sale, the board of VEON was reduced from 11 to 7 members.[27]

VEON will buy remaining 15% shares in Jazz from Abu Dhabi Group for 100pc ownership[28]


Veon Shareholder Structure:[29]

Subsidiaries and shareholdings

See also


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