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VimpelCom Names Robert Conway Chief of International Affairs

Thursday, September 01, 2011

VimpelCom Names Robert Conway Chief of International Affairs10:14 EDT Thursday, September 01, 2011AMSTERDAM, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP) is pleased to announce that Robert Conway is joining its senior management as Chief of International Affairs. Conway joins VimpelCom after serving as the long time CEO and member of the Board of GSMA, which under his leadership became the world's preeminent mobile industry association. He will report directly to VimpelCom Chief Executive Officer Jo Lunder and will formally start on September 1, 2011.As a corporate officer and member of the management board, Conway will help shape and drive the global strategic positioning of VimpelCom as well as communicating that positioning externally and internally. "Rob brings great expertise and an unrivaled strategic understanding of the global telecommunications sector to his new role at VimpelCom," said Jo Lunder. "As head of GSMA, Rob worked tirelessly to connect people, expand the availability of mobile services and develop real world solutions to the critical issues facing our industry. His unique skill set, knowledge and experience will undoubtedly play a vital role in helping VimpelCom enhance its value and relationships with the communities and countries we serve."According to Robert Conway: "I was drawn to VimpelCom because it is a truly unique global telecoms company covering half of the territory of the world spanning four continents, 19 countries and possessing an enviable balance of customers in both developed and developing nations. I look forward to contributing to this remarkably progressive and entrepreneurial company."About VimpelComVimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators offering a wide range of wireless, fixed, and broadband services in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada.  VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 868 million people.  VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of March 31, 2011 VimpelCom had pro forma 186 million mobile subscribers. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (VIP). For more information visit: www.vimpelcom.comSOURCE VimpelCom Ltd.For further information: Investor Relations, Gerbrand Nijman, +31 (0)20 79 77 203 (Amsterdam), Investor_Relations@vimpelcom.com; or Media and Public Relations, Elena Prokhorova, +7(495) 725-0708 (Moscow), pr@vimpelcom.com, both of VimpelCom Ltd.