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TeliaSonera fires top boss as the quest to answer in the Uzbekistan scandal continues

Thursday, 03 October 2013
Swedish - Finnish telecoms giant,  TeliaSonera has knock off one of its  top manager  and have had him  has been replaced after it emerged that he was closely tied to the corruption investigation taking place in Uzbekistan.

The Finn, Tero Kivisaari was manager of Business Area Mobility Services at TeliaSenora. In a statement, the company said "Kivisaari's role in TeliaSonera's criticized investments in Uzbekistan, and the attention surrounding them, has made it impossible for him to act with the internal and external authority necessary" for his position.

Kivisaari was replaced by Sverker Hannervall, who was named acting president.

The chief executive of TeliaSonera resigned in February after an independent review found the company had failed to carry out proper background checks and conduct due diligence on its Uzbek partner, Takilant. That company is believed to have links with Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president.

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