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Ursula Burns was appointed Chairman and CEO of VEON in December 2018, following a period as Executive Chairman and previously Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Ursula has extensive international experience of large companies confronting technology change in their industries. She was Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016.

Former US President Barack Obama appointed her to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and she served as chair of the President's Export Council.

Ursula is a director of the boards of Exxon Mobil, Nestlé and Uber.

She also counsels other community, educational and non-profit organisations including the Ford Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ursula holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

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