Jo O. Lunder

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"Jo O. Lunder was appointed by the Company's Supervisory Board as the new CEO of VimpelCom effective July 1, 2011. Previously, Mr. Lunder served as a member of VimpelCom board of directors from May 2002 until May 2011, and was the Chairman of the Board from April 2010 until the time of his appointment as CEO. From October 2003 until June 2005, Mr. Lunder served as the Chairman of the Board of OJSC VimpelCom.

"Prior to serving as Chairman of the Board of OJSC VimpelCom, Mr. Lunder served as OJSC VimpelCom’s CEO as well as its general director. During this period, he led VimpelCom on a path of sustained growth and expansion, attracted significant investment from Alfa Group and Telenor, and eventually transformed VimpelCom into the second largest wireless telecommunications company in Central and Eastern Europe. Since September 1999, Mr. Lunder has also held numerous other positions at OJSC VimpelCom including president and chief operating officer, first deputy chief executive officer and chief operating officer.

"From February 2005 to September 2007, Mr. Lunder served as chief executive officer of Atea ASA, one of Europe’s largest IT infrastructure companies, achieving a complete turnaround in less than two years through a bold combination of financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

"Since September 2007, Mr. Lunder has served as the executive vice president of FERD, one of Norway’s largest privately-owned financial and industrial groups. In addition, Mr. Lunder serves as executive chairman of the board of the Aibel Group Ltd., the leading Nordic oil and gas services company that is currently entering the renewable energy market. He is chairman of the board of Elopak AS, the world’s third largest liquid carton packaging company, and chairman of the board of Swix Sport AS, a global supplier of winter clothing and skiing equipment. He also serves on the board of directors of Pronova Biopharma, a global leader in the research, development and manufacture of marine-originated omega-3 derived pharmaceutical products.

"From 1993 until August 1999, Mr. Lunder was employed in various capacities for Telenor and its affiliates, including chief operating officer of Telenor Mobile. He was instrumental in building the company’s strong Norwegian mobile operation and in the international expansion strategy of Telenor’s mobile business."[1]


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  1. Orascom Telecom Jo O. Lunder, organizational web page, accessed July 23, 2012.