Vodafone ropes in Vinod Kumar as new CEO of business division
Vodafone Group announced the appointment of Vinod Kumar as the new chief executive officer of Vodafone Business on Monday, with effect from 2 September.
The FTSE 100 telecoms giant said Kumar would join the executive committee from that date, and report to group chief executive Nick Read.
It explained that Kumar was succeeding Vodafone Group CEO rest of world, Vivek Badrinath, who had been acting as Interim CEO of Vodafone Business since March.
Vinod Kumar has been the managing director and CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India-listed Tata Communications since 2011, after joining the company as chief operating officer in 2004.
He has been a member of the company's board since 2007.
The Vodafone board said Kumar had enjoyed a “long career” in the telecommunications industry, including roles at Asia Netcom, WorldCom, Global One and Sprint International.
He held a Bachelor of Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences.
“Vinod is a very experienced business leader with a breadth of experience from across the globe,” said Nick Read.
“He is a great addition to Vodafone and the executive committee.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Vivek for his support this year in acting as Interim CEO.”
Vinod Kumar added that he was “very excited” to join the “vibrant team” at Vodafone Business.
“The global reach, the pervasive network and the brand loyalty that Vodafone has created makes it an ideal partner for any organisation's digital transformation, regardless of size or industry,” Kumar said.