SISTEMA APPOINTS LEONID MELAMED AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Moscow, Russia - May 29, 2008 - Sistema (LSE: SSA), the largest public
diversified corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages fast growing
companies operating in the consumer services sector, today announced the
appointment of Leonid Melamed as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Sistema with immediate effect, following a decision made at a meeting of the
Board of Directors. Mr Melamed is the former CEO and President of Mobile
TeleSystems ('MTS'), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS and
a subsidiary of Sistema.
Leonid Melamed will replace Alexander Goncharuk, who will continue to serve as
First Deputy Chairman of Sistema's Board of Directors. Mr Goncharuk has been a
member of the Board of Directors of Sistema since 1996. From 1995 to 1998, he
occupied the post of Vice-President of the Corporation. From 1998 to 2001, he
headed the telecommunication holding Sistema Telecom, and from 2003 to 2006, was
head of Sitronics. During this time, Sitronics became the largest public
technology company in Eastern Europe. In 2007, Sistema Hals became the first
public Russian real estate company to list on the London Stock Exchange. The
non-public assets of Sistema grew quicker than the market in such sectors as
finance, retail and paid-for healthcare services.
After two years the market capitalization of Sistema has grown by 40%, exceeding
US$ 16 billion. Sistema's revenues during this period have grown by 80% and
constituted US$ 13.7 billion in 2007.
Commenting on the management changes, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at
Sistema, Vladimir Evtushenkov said: 'Under the leadership of Alexander
Goncharuk, Sistema has realized a series of large-scale and ambitious projects,
playing an important role in the development of the Corporation. We are grateful
for the efforts of Mr Goncharuk, during his time at the company we have
successfully launched a unified brand for our telecommunication companies,
entered the Indian market and opened state-of-the-art facilities for the
production of micro-chips of 0.18 microns, accomplishing a real technological
break-through over a short time.
Currently, there are new challenges facing the Corporation: the building of new
business in India, the shaping of an evolved telecommunications' strategy and
achieving leadership in respective markets of our non-public companies. I do not
doubt that through the efforts of Leonid Melamed we will achieve these
Leonid Melamed, President of Sistema noted: 'It is a great honour for me to lead
Sistema, which serves approximately 100 million clients in the most diverse
markets. I am confident that the experience of managing large diversified
services businesses and my values will prove useful for me in my new role.'
Leonid Melamed was born in 1967 in Moscow. He served as President and CEO of MTS
from June 14, 2006 and has been a member of the Board of Directors at MTS from
June 23, 2006. Prior to joining MTS, Leonid Melamed worked at ROSNO between 1991
and 2006, and served as the Director General and Chairman of the Management
Board since 2003. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr Melamed served as the Chairman of
the Expert Council on Insurance Legislation, part of the Russian State Duma
Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Markets.
Mr. Melamed has won numerous awards in Russia for his successes in strategic
leadership and operational efficiency. In 2004, Mr. Melamed was named 'Person of
the Year' in the annual 'People of the Year' project by internet holding company
Rambler. He also received the Russian public award in the insurance sector
'Golden Salamander' in the category of 'The Manager of Insurance Company'. He
was named as one of the top 250 'Young Global Leaders' by the World Economic
Forum in 2007.
In 2008, Mr. Melamed joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global trade
association for the mobile industry.
Mr. Melamed is a graduate of the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy and holds a PhD
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Sistema is the largest public diversified corporation in Russia and the CIS,
which manages fast growing companies operating in the consumer services sector
and has over 85 million customers. Sistema develops and manages market-leading
businesses in selected service-based industries, including telecommunications,
technology, banking, real estate, retail and media. Founded in 1993, the company
reported unaudited revenues of US$ 13.7 billion for the full year of 2007, and
total assets of US$ 28.4 billion as at December 31, 2007. Sistema's shares are
listed under the symbol 'SSA' on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol
'AFKS' on the Russian Trading System (RTS), under the symbol 'AFKC' on the
Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX), and under the symbol 'SIST' on the
Moscow Stock Exchange (MSE).
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