TeliaSonera board has full confidence in CEO -chairman

STOCKHOLM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - TeilaSonera's boardhas full confidence in the Nordic telecom firms's chiefexecutive, who has been under pressure over a deal inUzbekistan, its chairman said on Wednesday following a mediareport the top chief may resign early.

"TeliaSonera's board of directors has full confidence inChief Executive Lars Nyberg," chairman Anders Narvinger said inan emailed statement.

"His current contract ends in December next year. Finding areplacement for a chief executive at one of Sweden's largestcompanies is a long process which the board initiated before thecurrent debate started," he said.

Narvinger was commenting on a source-based report inSwedish daily Dagens Nyheter that Nyberg may resign before histerm ends amid allegations of wrongdoings by TeliaSonera duringa purchase of a 3G licence in Uzbekistan in 2007.

Dagens Nyheter said TeliaSonera had hired a recruitmentfirm and quoted a source with knowledge of the recruitmentprocess as saying this type of recruitment processes wereusually not initiated as much as 15 months in advance.

(Reporting by Olof Swahnberg)

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