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Olesya Olenytska is new Director of Corporate Communications at Kyivstar

Olesya Olenytska has been appointed Director of Corporate Communications at Kyivstar, a Ukrainian telecommunications operator. She will be responsible for the entire range of internal and external corporate communications, media relations, and corporate social responsibility.

“Kyivstar is not only a successful and responsible business, but also a part of the critical infrastructure that provides vital communications to millions of Ukrainians at the front and in the rear, implements large-scale projects to support the Armed Forces, is a major taxpayer and a significant investor in the Ukrainian economy. The speed, resilience, and energy independence of telecommunications networks, along with data protection, are the main challenges for the industry during the war. At the same time, communications in a period of permanent crisis are of utmost importance. It is not just about information and technology. It is about people. After all, people are the backbone of every business. Therefore, one of the main tasks of our team will be not only to ensure effective reputation management, but also to unite people around common values, inspire new achievements, provide emotional support, and engage in community projects to help society and Ukraine,” Olesya Olenytska comments.

Olesya has extensive experience in retail, tobacco, public sector and journalism. She started her career in the media, worked in the press service of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and as a press secretary of a parliamentary group in the Verkhovna Rada. She holds the rank of civil servant.

For about ten years, Olesya Olenytska worked at Philip Morris Ukraine, where she rose from a specialist to head of communications and charity. In 2014, Olesia became the Head of Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility at METRO Ukraine, a German retailer, where she became the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs in 2016.

Olesia graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a Master’s degree in Journalism with honors. She studied in graduate school and taught journalism at her alma mater. She also graduated from the Law Faculty of the National Academy of Management of Ukraine and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

About Kyivstar:
Kyivstar is Ukraine’s largest electronic communications operator, which as of December 2023 served about 24 million mobile subscribers and more than 1.1 million Home Internet subscribers. The company provides services using a wide range of mobile and fixed technologies, including 4G, Big Data, Cloud solutions, cybersecurity services, digital TV, etc. Kyivstar is developing new telecom technologies in Ukraine and plans to invest USD 600 million in this area over the next three years. The company is helping the country overcome the challenges of wartime and has allocated over UAH 1.8 billion over the past two years to support the Armed Forces, subscribers, local communities, and charitable initiatives. The sole shareholder of Kyivstar is the international VEON Group, headquartered in the Netherlands. The Group’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ (New York) and Euronext (Amsterdam) stock exchanges. Kyivstar has been operating in Ukraine for over 25 years and is recognized as the largest taxpayer in the telecom market, the best employer and a socially responsible company.
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