WARSAW, Poland – April 6, 2006 – Netia SA (“Netia” or “Company”) (WSE: NET), Poland’s largest alternative provider of fixed-line telecommunications services, announced that on April 5, 2006 its supervisory board unanimously appointed Ms. Alicja Kornasiewicz, Netia’s supervisory board member, for the position of Chairperson of the Company’s supervisory board, with immediate effect.
In addition, Netia’s supervisory board unanimously appointed Mr. Tom Ruhan as member of the management board and Mr. Jon Eastick as member of the management board and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Jon Eastick, 39, who also serves currently as a member of the management board of Netia’s related company P4 Sp. z o. o. (“P4”), previously spent five years as Chief Financial Officer of PTC Sp. z o. o. Between 1998 and 2001 he was Country CFO of Lucent Technologies Poland SA. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Eastick worked at PTK Centertel Sp. z o. o. as Strategy and Financial Planning Manager. Mr. Eastick started his career in 1989 and spent almost six years with Arthur Andersen, working in London and later in Warsaw. He graduated from the London School of Economics and is a UK Qualified Chartered Accountant.
Using his experience in Poland and in the telecommunications sector, Mr. Eastick will focus on organising an integrated Finance and Administration function to efficiently support the separate businesses of both Netia and P4, and on maximizing revenue and cost synergies.
Mr. Eastick does not conduct directly or through legal entities any activities that would compete with the activities of Netia or its subsidiaries. He is not a partner in civil law company or any partnership, nor a member of any authorities of any corporation or any other competitive legal entity. He has not been registered in the Non-Solvent Debtors Register kept pursuant to the National Court Register Act.
Mr. Tom Ruhan, 42, has been the Chief Legal Officer of Netia since March 2003. Until his appointment to the management board, he was also Netia’s commercial proxy. He has supervised the completion of the financial restructuring of Netia, the merger of 19 operating companies of the Netia Group, the conversion of Netia’s license fees obligations and the RST El-Net SA, TDC Internet Polska SA and HFC Internet Sp. z o. o. acquisitions.
Prior to his employment with Netia, Mr. Ruhan, worked at Wardyński & Partners for 12 years in various positions, being Of Counsel immediately before moving to Netia. During his 12 years there Mr. Ruhan advised on a number of privatistations including, amongst others, Telekomunikacja Polska SA and also worked on the financial restructuring of Netia. Mr. Ruhan graduated in law from the University of Warwick, UK. Mr. Ruhan is the Chairman of the supervisory board of RST El-Net SA and Netia WiMax II SA. He is also the member of the supervisory boards of P4, BOC Gazy Sp. z o. o., FSE Tamel SA, Dolina Nidy SA, Świat Internet SA, Polbox Sp. z o. o. and Netia Mobile Sp. z o. o., and is commercial proxy of Netia WiMax SA.
Mr. Ruhan does not conduct directly or through legal entities any activities that would compete with the activities of Netia or its subsidiaries. He is not a partner in civil law company or any partnership, nor a member of any authorities of any corporation or any other competitive legal entity. He has not been registered in the Non-Solvent Debtors Register kept pursuant to the National Court Register Act.