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Tele2 Names Replacement CEO

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Tele2 has announced that Harri Koponen is to replace Lars Johan Jarnheimer as President and CEO of the company from this August. Harri Koponen has a strong industry background from his previous roles as President and CEO at Wataniya Telecom, deputy CEO and president of International Operations at TeliaSonera, President and CEO at Sonera Corporation and Executive VP and General Manager for Consumer Products North America at Ericsson.

Vigo Carlund, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tele2 commented: "Lars-Johan Jarnheimer informed the board during the fall of 2007 of his desire to step down as CEO of Tele2 and as a result of a thorough executive search process the Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Harri Koponen as our new President and CEO of Tele2."

Harri Koponen commented: "I am delighted to join such a great company as Tele2 as CEO. I believe that my extensive experience from the telecom service industry will be beneficial toTele2 in its next phase of evolution. My understanding of both operations across Europe and many emerging markets as well as technical aspects of the fast moving business of mobile communications will be valuable as we continue to build a new Tele2 with a stronger focus on mobile services."

Harri Koponen will start his new position as President and CEO of Tele2 from 18 of August 2008, which will allow for an effective handover period between the two executives.

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