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Ron Sommer, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ron Sommer was appointed Chairman of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors in June 2009. He is the Chairman of the Strategy Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors.

He has wide responsibilities in the area of corporate governance, as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MTS Ukraine PrJSC, a member of the Supervisory Board of Munich Reinsurance, Germany and a member of the Board of Directors of Tata Consultancy Services, India.

In 1980, he was appointed Managing Director at the German operations of Sony Group; in 1986 he became Chairman of the Management Board of Sony Deutschland. In 1990, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation in the USA. In 1993 he moved to the same position at Sony Europe. From 1995 to 2002 he was Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Between 2004 and 2012, Ron was a member of the International Advisory Board of Blackstone Group; between 2004 and 2009 he was a member of the Board of Directors at Motorola Inc., USA. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Sommer was a member of the Board of Directors of Weather Investments, Italy, and in 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Comstar-UTS OJSC. From 2009 to 2011, Ron held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors at SMM OJSC and from 2009 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sky Link CJSC.

In 2005 , he joined the Board of Directors of JSFC Sistema PJSC as an independent director, where he also served as Chairman of the Investor Relations Committee. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the Management Board and First Vice President – Head of the Telecommunications Assets Business Unit of JSFC Sistema PJSC.

Ron was born in 1949. He studied mathematics at the University of Vienna, where he received his doctoral degree in 1971.

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Alexey Kornya, Chairman of the Management Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Alexey Kornya was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of MTS PJSC in March 2018.

Alexey boasts a long and storied career at MTS. He joined the Company in 2004 as Finance Director of the Urals Macroregion. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Director, Business Planning, for MTS Group and in 2007, he became the Chief Financial Controller of MTS Group. In 2008, he was appointed Vice President, Finance & Investments, and Chief Financial Officer.

In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Alexey oversaw the Company’s transformation from a traditional mobile communications provider to a multi-service, data-focused integrated telecommunications firm. During his tenure, MTS integrated numerous assets, including both fixed-line and mobile providers, streamlined the finance function by consolidating operations and developing a unified operating center for back-office functions and oversaw a number of benchmark financial transactions within the sector. Lately, Alexey has been instrumental in spearheading M&A transactions, which have established MTS as a major player in the burgeoning market for Internet-based products and services.

Prior to joining MTS, Alexey worked for North-West Telecom and PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit.

He is a member of the Budget Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of MTS Ukraine PrJSC. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Mobile TeleSystems JLLC (MTS Belarus) and RTC JSC. Alexey also serves on the Board of Directors and the Strategy and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Directors of MTS Bank PJSC.

Alexey was born in 1975. In 1998, he graduated with honors from the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

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Regina von Flemming, Independent Director

Regina von Flemming was elected a member of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors in June 2015. She is a member of the Budget Committee, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors.

She is a member of the Management Board and Head of the Compliance and Social Responsibility Committee of the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber, a member of the Board of Trustees of the German-Russian Forum (Berlin) and the Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (Moscow), a member of the European Business Association (Moscow) and the Club of Independent Directors. Regina serves on the Board of Directors of the Russian Standard Charitable Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Charitable Club.

From 2005 to 2015 she was Director of the Axel Springer Russia publishing house; from 2003 to 2009, she was the owner of the consulting company Flemming & Partner GmbH Berlin (Moscow). From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Flemming worked as Vice President at Delta Capital, a US-Russia Investment Fund, and from 1996 to 2000 she was General Director at Ehrmann AG and Krone Russia.

Regina was born in 1965. She graduated from the postgraduate courses of the German Institute for Development and Trade, the INSEAD business school (Paris), the Institute of Political Studies (Paris) and the Free University of Berlin (diploma in Political Science).

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Artem Zassoursky, Vice President, Head of Strategy, Member of the Executive Management at Sistema PJSFC

In June 2017 Artem Zassoursky was elected to the Board of Directors of MTS PJSC.

In 2016, he was appointed Vice President for Strategy, member of the Board of Directors of AFK Sistema PJSFC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Business-Real Estate, Agroholding Steppe, Stream, Insitel Services Private Limited.

Prior to joining AFK Sistema in 2013, he held the position of General Director of Stream, in 2013-2013 he worked as a Vice President of SMM OJSC, previously held senior positions in major media companies.

Artem was born in Moscow in 1979. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2001 with a degree in Foreign Social and Economic Geography and Translation. In 2005, he completed his postgraduate studies on Journalism at the same university.

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Thomas Holtrop, Independent Director

Thomas Holtrop was elected to the Board of Directors of MTS PJSC in 2013, as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Budget Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors.

From 2009 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of Directors of Comstar-UTS OJSC, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Strategy Committee, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors at Comstar-UTS OJSC. From 2005 to 2011, Thomas served on the Supervisory Board of the Gruner + Jahr publishing house (Hamburg).

From 2005 to 2006 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Thomas Cook AG, a travel agency. From 2001 to 2004 he was President of T-Online International AG, which, under Holtrop’s leadership, took the leading position in the European market of broadband Internet services. Also, from 2002 to 2004, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Telekom AG, where he was responsible for the development of broadband services. From 1990 to 1999 he worked in the banking sector, including in the positions of Vice President at American Express International Inc in New York, Frankfurt and London; he was also part of the Board of Directors at Bank 24 AG and Deutsche Bank 24 AG.

Thomas was born in 1954 in Germany. He studied psychology at the University of Freiburg and business administration, majoring in economics and organization of production at the German Academy of Civil Servants.

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Stanley Miller, Independent Director

Stanley Miller has been a member of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors since 2010, Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Strategy Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors.

He owns real-estate businesses in Belgium and South Africa, serving as CEO at ULS BVBA Belgium, Milvest BVBA Belgium, Leaderman -NV Belgium, Leaderman - SA Luxembourg, Director of Arrow Creak Investments 75 (PTY) Ltd South Africa and Main Branch Investments 45 (PRY) Ltd South Africa. Since 2011, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the telecommunications operator AINMT (AB) Sweden.

He has more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and pay-TV, having made successful startups and investments in a number of business projects. He started his career at Electronic Media Network in South Africa in 1988; from 1991 to 1997, he held senior positions at NetHold.

In 2001-2010, he served as CEO at the mobile company BASE NV Belgium. From 1998 to 2010 he was President, and from 2006 to 2010 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the telecommunications group Royal KPN NV (the Netherlands), heading its business unit KPN Mobile International. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IT company E-Plus GmBH Germany.

Stanley was born in 1958. He received a degree in Law and Administration from the University of South Africa and a degree in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Administration and Commerce in Cape Town (South Africa). He completed several programs in business management, including the Proteus Leadership program at London Business School.

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Vsevolod Rozanov, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Executive Management at Sistema PJSFC

Vsevolod Rozanov has served on the MTS PJSC Board of Directors since 2012, being Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Budget Committee and a member of the Strategy Committee of the MTS PJSC Board of Directors.

Since 2013 he has been the Senior Vice President, Head of Finance and Investment Complex and a member of the Management Board of JSFC Sistema PJSC. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited and a Member of the Board of Directors of RTI OJSC, Landshaft CJSC, Leader-Invest CJSC, and the Management Board of the Sistema Charitable Foundation.

He has extensive experience in management, economics and finance. From 1993 to 2001, he held various consulting positions at Bain & Company in Moscow, London and Stockholm. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance at MTU-Inform CJSC and from 2004 to 2006, he was Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance at Comstar-UTS OJSC. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice President, Finance and Investments, at MTS PJSC andfrom 2008 to 2013, he served as President of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited.

Vsevolod was born in 1971. He graduated from Moscow State University, majoring in Economics.

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Alexey Katkov, Non-Executive Director

Alexey Katkov was elected to the Board of Directors of MTS PJSC in June 2018.

He is also Managing Partner at Sistema PJSFC, member of the Board of Directors of SVK Fund, Ozon Holdings Ltd., Detsky Mir PJSC, Sistema Venture Capital LLC and other companies.

From 2017 to 2018, Alexey served as President of SVK Fund LLC and from 2016 to 2017 – as CEO and President of Sistema Venture Capital LLC. In 2015, he was First Vice President and COO at SMM JSC.

Previously, from 2000 to 2015, he worked at Mail.ru LLC, where he served as Vice President, Commercial Director and Director for International and Regional Development. He was in charge of launching and developing new products, including internet-based services, as well as expanding to international markets.

Alexey was born in 1977 in Moscow. He graduated from the Academy of National Economy with a degree in Management.

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Dr. Wolfgan Shussel, Independent Director

Dr. Wolfgan Shussel was elected to the Board of Directors of MTS PJSC in June 2018.

Since 2008, he has been serving as President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria) and since 2010, as Member of the Supervisory Board of RWE AG.

Between 2000 and 2007, Mr. Schussel served as Federal Chancellor of Austria where, amongst other things, he strove for the integration of Austria into the European Union. From January to June 2006, Austria held the EU Presidency.

Between 2000 and 2007, he was Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Austria. Before becoming chancellor, Schussel had served as economics minister, foreign minister and vice chancellor in several governments. In 1995, he was elected Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party.

Between 1975 and 1989, Mr. Schussel served as a member of the Austrian Parliament. From 1989 to 1995, he worked as Minister for Economic Affairs and from 1995 to 1999, he was Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. From July to December 1998, Mr. Schussel played a key role in Austria’s EU Presidency of the Council of General and Foreign Affairs. In the period 1995 to 2007, he also worked as National Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party.

Wolfgan Shussel was born in 1945, in Vienna. He obtained a degree in Economics and Law and a doctorate at the University of Vienna.