News Release

Barta Takes Lead Role at EuroTel Bratislava

February 15, 1999

Norbert Prihoda
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Katarina Grosmannova
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Bratislava, Slovakia — Jozef Barta has been appointed general director of EuroTel Bratislava, the Slovakian wireless business in which Slovenske Telekomunikacie (Slovak Telecom), MediaOne International, and Bell Atlantic are joint venture partners.

A graduate of Harvard, Barta comes from Credit Suisse First Boston Bank in Prague where, he has arranged structured financing, high profile bond issues and syndicated loans to businesses in the growing Slovakian market since 1993. His expertise in mergers and acquisitions was instrumental in the bank expanding its activities in the Slovakian market.

Before joining Credit Suisse, in 1991 Barta spent some time at Colgate- Palmolive in the United States assessing international business development opportunities in the Czechoslovakian market. From 1987 to 1990, Barta was export manager for Omnia Import/Export in Slovakia, distributing consumer goods throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Barta replaces Artur Bobovnicky, who has been with EuroTel Bratislava for five years, the last two as general director. He leaves to pursue other interests.

Note to editors:

EuroTel Bratislava is an operator of GSM and NMT mobile networks in Bratislava. The company covers 97 per cent of the population and has operated mobile networks in the Slovak Republic since 1991.

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