REFILE-UPDATE 1-Partner Comms names Gelbard as new CEO

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* Gelbard served as CEO at Bezeq, Pelephone

* To start on Oct. 1, replaces David Avner

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JERUSALEM, Aug 26 (BestGrowthStock) – Partner Communications
(PTNR.O: ) (PTNR.TA: ), Israel’s second-largest mobile phone
operator, said on Thursday Jacob Gelbard will take over as chief
executive officer on Oct. 1.

Also known as Yakov, Gelbard will replace David Avner,
Partner said in a statement. [ID:nBw265941a]

Avner had been CEO since January 2007.

Gelbard had served as CEO of Bezeq Israel Telecom (BEZQ.TA: ),
Israel’s largest telecoms group, for two years and CEO of Bezeq
mobile unit Pelephone — Israel’s third-largest mobile operator
— for another five years.

“I am certain that the combination of Mr. Gelbard’s rich and
comprehensive managerial experience, mainly in the
telecommunications area, along with his remarkable track record,
will, in combination with the assets that have been built at
Partner over the years, bring Partner to new heights,” Chairman
Ilan Ben Dov said.

Partner, which operates under the Orange brand name and is
slated to issue second-quarter earnings on Monday, also said
deputy CEO Eli Glickman had decided to leave the company.
(Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by David Holmes)

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Partner Comms names Gelbard as new CEO