Top manager with over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, joined Ukrtelecom in February 2014. Together with his team Yurii has implemented large-scale projects on fiber-optic network development, modernization of legacy copper telco infrastructure and IT landscape moving the company from the state-owned mainly telephony incumbent to the modern and developing ICT player. In 2021 alone Ukrtelecom has deployed 13.7 thous. km of fiber-optic cables. The company successfully develops and implements new services within adjacent businesses (e.g. real estate, IaaS, SaaS, etc.). These days entire Ukrtelecom’s team is fully focused on maintaining and ensuring uninterrupted and sustainable services for Ukrainian Military Forces, government and social agencies, businesses and public.
Before joining Ukrtelecom, between 2004 and 2014 Yurii Kurmaz was holding executive positions at mobile operator Astelit (lifecell) dealing first with customer relations and later with corporate affairs. Under his leadership, the new operator introduced a brand new customer care system which subsequently received highly positive responses from subscribers and won various prestigious international awards. As a Director of Corporate Affairs, Yurii was responsible for relations with regulatory and state authorities, corporate legal affairs, corporate strategy development, business planning, and regular revision of key performance indicators of the Operator.
Before Astelit, from 1998 till 2004 Yurii served as Deputy General Director and later on the General Director of mobile operator Ukrainian Radio Systems (Wellcom).