He was head of the CIA and US Secretary of State, and now he has found a new professional purpose: Mike Pompeo will hold a position on the board of the largest Ukrainian mobile communications company Kyivstar.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has received a position on the board of the largest Ukrainian mobile phone company Kyivstar.
The Dutch parent company Veon said he should act as an “independent, non-executive” member of the board.
Pompeo was accepted into the company management as a partner of the US company Impact Investments.
Pompeo was Secretary of State under US President Donald Trump between 2018 and 2021 and also visited Ukraine in this role.
Before that, the graduate of the US Military Academy West Point headed the US secret service CIA for just over a year.
Pompeo was last in Kiev in April of this year as head of a US business delegation and was received by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukraine has been fending off a Russian invasion with Western support for almost 21 months.
Despite the war, Kyivstar says it still has more than 24 million subscribers and is considered the market leader among mobile phone providers in the Eastern European country.
The Ukrainian-born Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman holds shares in Veon and thus Kyivstar through the investment company LetterOne (Luxembourg). In Ukraine, Fridman, as well as his business partners German Chan and Alexei Kuzmichov, were hit with sanctions.
That is why parts of Kyivstar’s shares were recently confiscated by a court.