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Megafon names UTH’s Tavrin as deputy CEO

Russian mobile operator Megafon has named Ivan Tavrin, currently the CEO of broadcasting group UTH, as its deputy CEO.

Megafon’s current CEO, Sergey Soldatenkov plans to leave his current post when his contract ends in June, and Tavrin is expected to be line to succeed him as CEO.

“Strategic development of new businesses is the basis for the company’s future growth, and I am confident that Ivan Tavrin’s experience and professionalism will help to achieve the goal of MegaFon’s leadership in the Russian telecommunications market. I wish Ivan all the best in MegaFon and I am happy of being able to work together with him,” said Soldatenkov in a statement.

Tavrin, who will remain at the head of the board of directors of UTH, will be replaced as CEO of that company by Dmitry Sergeev. UTH was recently in the news when Disney acquired a 49% stake in its channel Seven for US$300 million (€233 million), with the aim of transforming it into Disney Russia when the deal is completed.

Megafon has been named as a potential buyer of Moscow cable operator Akado and recently acquired Khanty-Mansiysk cable operator Yugratel for RUB2.4 billion (€60 million).

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