Marten Pieters & Sunil Sood

Marten Pieters steps down as Vodafone India MD & CEO

Industry Watch | April 1, 2015 | News

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Marten Pieters has stepped down as MD & CEO of Vodafone India. With effect from today, April 1, Sunil Sood, who was earlier the COO, has been appointed as Pieters’ successor and Naveen Chopra will be Sood's successor as COO.

Pieters will continue to remain on the Board of Vodafone India in a non-executive capacity. He was appointed as MD & CEO in February 2009 after an international telecommunications career which included Board-level roles with KPN, Celtel and Millicom. Under his leadership, Vodafone India doubled revenues, added more than 100 million customers, increased market share and launched data services used by more than 57 million customers. Pieters was also appointed as the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in 2014.

Sood, who was COO, was responsible for day-to-day operations and P&L management together with new business development initiatives including the launch and expansion of mobile commerce activities. Sood joined Vodafone India's predecessor business, Hutch, in 2000 and has held roles leading the company's operations in Gujarat, Kolkata and Chennai. He had previously worked for Pepsi in a range of Indian and international leadership roles.

The Chairman of the Board of Vodafone India, Analjit Singh, said: "Marten's term has been marked by outstanding business performance and exemplary leadership in a highly complex sector and operating environment. He is to be commended for his many achievements and hands on to his highly experienced and respected successor the stewardship of a substantial enterprise serving the needs of 174 million customers. Sunil has extensive operating experience and knows Vodafone India from within. He is therefore a great choice to grow and expand the business and I look forward to a successful transition."

Vodafone Group Chief Executive for the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, Serpil Timuray, said: "Marten has successfully led Vodafone India through a period of rapid evolution, establishing the business at the forefront of Vodafone Group's international portfolio while building strong organisational capabilities for the future. He has made an immense contribution to Vodafone over the last six years. The business will remain in good hands with Sunil who has also been integral to the growth of the company and the development of its capabilities, helping to drive consistent results through both good and challenging years."

Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said: "Marten has been a fantastic leader in India and a wise and trusted contributor across the Group as a whole. He will stand down from his role as Chief Executive with warm thanks from everyone in Vodafone. I look forward to working with Sunil to build on the successes of a business widely admired in India and internationally."

Marten Pieters commented: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead Vodafone India and I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their passion and commitment in support of our goals over the last six years. I am delighted to hand over to Sunil; we have worked closely together throughout my time with Vodafone and I could not wish for a better successor."

 

 

 

 

 

Sunil Sood has been appointed as the successor, who was earlier the COO of the company.

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