Comment from Lars-Eric Petersson, Chairman of the Telia Board

In relation to the announcement by Telia's President and CEO Anders Igel that he relinquishes his position as a member of the combined TeliaSonera Board, Telia's Chairman Lars-Eric Petersson has the following comment:
- The dialogue of the last few days and the uncertainty that this has caused both the Telia and Sonera organisations is of course unfortunate.
- At the same time it is also important to note that the fact that the CEO is not formally a member of the Board after the merger has been finalised does not in any way change Anders Igel's assignment, mandate or ability to act in the role of CEO.
- The most important thing now is that the necessary work to merge Telia and Sonera can continue at full speed. This is an important task, which implies continued mutual trust between the two companies and between their owners. It is also a task which demands that the staff of both companies are allowed to get on with their job in peace and quiet to ensure a successful merger. I hope and believe that we will be able to achieve these working conditions, says Lars-Eric Petersson.
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