Meet the members of the Vodafone Group's executive committee.
Board director since 9 October 2006 and appointed Chief Executive on 29 July 2008.
Vittorio Colao was appointed Chief Executive of Vodafone Group Plc after the AGM on 29 July 2008. He joined the Board in October 2006 as Chief Executive, Europe and Deputy Chief Executive. The early part of his career was spent in the Milan office of McKinsey & Company working on media, telecommunications and industrial goods, with additional responsibility for recruitment.
In 1996 he joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, which subsequently became Vodafone Italy, and he was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. He was then appointed regional Chief Executive Officer, Southern Europe for Vodafone Group Plc in 2001, became a member of the Board in 2002 and was appointed to the role of Regional Chief Executive Officer for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Vodafone in 2003.
In 2004 he left Vodafone to join RCS MediaGroup, the leading Italian publishing company, where he was Chief Executive until he rejoined Vodafone as CEO, Europe. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Bocconi University, Italy and is a Member of the Steering Committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists. Vittorio also joined the board of Unilever as a Non-Executive Director in July 2015.Close dialog
Chief financial officer
Nick Read, chief financial officer, was appointed group chief financial officer and a member of the Vodafone Group Plc board on 1 April 2014.
Since joining Vodafone in 2001, Nick has held a variety of senior roles including CFO, CCO and CEO of Vodafone Ltd, the UK operating company. In his role immediately prior to group CFO, he was the regional CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific for five years and was a board member of the listed companies of Vodacom, Safaricom, and Vodafone Qatar, our subsidiaries in India and Egypt, and our joint ventures, VHA in Australia and Indus Towers in India.
Prior to joining Vodafone, he held senior global finance positions with United Business Media Plc and Federal Express Worldwide.
Nick is a fellow chartered managemment accountant and a chartered global management accountant, with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.Close dialog
Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer
Executive Committee member since January 2014
Serpil Timuray, Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer, joined the Group Executive Committee in January 2014. She is responsible for Vodafone's commercial and strategy functions, as well as innovation and transformation projects, including the customer experience excellence programme.
Prior to this, she was the regional CEO of Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific until October 2016. Serpil joined Vodafone in 2009 as the CEO of Turkey. Previously, she was the CEO of Danone Turkey from 2002 to 2008. She began her career at Procter & Gamble in 1991, where she held several marketing roles and was subsequently appointed to the Executive Committee in Turkey.
Serpil is the Chairperson of Vodafone Turkey and has been a board member of the listed companies of Vodacom Group, Safaricom and Vodafone Qatar. She is an independent director on the board of the Danone Group. She also sits on the board of the GSMA and the board of trustees at Koc University. Serpil is a member of the Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum.Close dialog
Executive Committee member since October 2016
Vivek Badrinath joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP in October 2016. He is responsible for Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Qatar, New Zealand and Turkey.
Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive at the international hospitality group AccorHotels where he was responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution and information systems. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive with Orange and has a long career in telecommunications and technology. Prior roles include Executive Director responsible for Orange's Business Services division, leadership of Orange's global networks and operators division and Chief Technology Officer for Orange's mobile activities.Close dialog
Group general counsel and company secretary
Executive Committee member since March 2010
Rosemary Martin was appointed group general counsel and company secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as group general counsel and company secretary.
Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner with Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). She is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel and global independent non-executive director of EY. She was a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) until April 2016.
Group external affairs director
Executive Committee member since March 2009
Matthew Kirk, group external affairs director, was appointed to his current position and joined the Executive Committee in March 2009. Matthew joined Vodafone in 2006 as group director of External Relationships.
Prior to that, he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for more than 20 years and before joining Vodafone served as British Ambassador to Finland.Close dialog
Group HR director
Executive Committee member since January 2009
Ronald Schellekens, group HR director, joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in January 2009. He is responsible for the Vodafone Human Resource Management function, as well as Health & Safety and Vodafone's Property and Real Estate.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Ronald was executive vice president Human Resources for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s global downstream business. Prior to working for Shell, he worked for PepsiCo for nine years in various international, senior human resources roles, including assignments in Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, the UK and Poland.
In his previous role, he was responsible for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region for PepsiCo Foods International. Prior to PepsiCo, he worked for nine years for AT&T in Human Resources
Group Technology Officer
Executive Committee member since May 2015
Johan Wibergh joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in May 2015 as group technology officer. Johan joined Vodafone from Ericsson where he held the position of executive vice president and head of the networks segment.
In this role, he led all aspects of business strategy, R&D, product management and sales for the segment. He also has international experience in leadership roles in Brazil and the United States.
Johan started his career in software development and system integration working for Diab Data AB and Bull AB. He joined Ericsson in 1996, initially to deliver internal IT solutions, and then went on to lead the creation of Ericsson’s managed services business.Close dialog
CEO Vodafone UK
Executive Committee member since April 2013
Nick Jeffery was appointed CEO Vodafone UK in September 2016. Prior to that he was group enterprise director.
Nick joined Vodafone in 2004 and was appointed chief executive of Vodafone Global Enterprise in 2006. He began his career with Cable & Wireless Plc (Mercury Communications) in 1991 where he led the company’s UK and international markets business units and was appointed chief executive of Cable & Wireless Worldwide. Nick is also a non-executive director of Dialog Semiconductor plc.Close dialog
Dr Hannes Ametsreiter
CEO Vodafone Germany
Executive Committee member since October 2015
Dr Hannes Ametsreiter has been CEO of Vodafone Germany and member of the worldwide Vodafone Group’s Executive Committee since 1 October 2015. Born in Salzburg, the reputed telecommunications manager has 19 years of telcoms experience in convergent markets and outstanding expertise in marketing and brand management. Dr Ametsreiter served for 6 years as Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Telekom Austria Group (which has operations in eight countries), and was also CEO of A1 Telekom, a company created through the merger of Mobilkom Austria AG and Telekom Austria TA AG. In these functions he gained extensive expertise in mobile communications, DSL, cable and TV, and spearheaded 15 acquisitions of mainly cable companies. He also has longstanding experience in corporate finance.Close dialog
CEO Vodafone Italy
Executive Committee member since October 2015
Aldo Bisio was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Italia in January 2014. Prior to joining Vodafone, Aldo held the position of Group Managing Director of Ariston Thermo Group from 2008 and he was then named Group Chief Executive Officer in 2010. In 2004 he joined RCS Quotidiani, where he was appointed Managing Director and Board Member.
Being part of McKinsey & Co. since 1992, he held different positions in strategic consultancy focusing on telecommunications and media industries. In 2002 he was appointed Chairman of the “McKinsey Associates Development Committee” for Mediterranean Area (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt).
The early part of his career was spent in IBM and Olivetti. Aldo Bisio is also “Visiting Professor” at the ESCP Campus in London.Close dialog
CEO Vodafone Spain
Executive Committee member since October 2015
António Coimbra has been CEO of Vodafone Spain since September 2012 and in addition was appointed President and CEO of Grupo Corporativo Ono in September 2014.
He joined Telecel (later to become Vodafone Portugal), as Director of Direct Sales in 1992, a position he occupied for two years and in 1994, became responsible for the Marketing Department. He was then appointed to the Telecel Board of Directors in 1995, taking on responsibility for Marketing, Sales and Operations. He became Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Japan in 2004 and served as President of Apritel (the Telecommunications Operators’ Association), on behalf of Vodafone Portugal, from 2005 to 2007. He later became CEO of Vodafone Portugal from September 2009 until August 2012.
Before joining Vodafone he held a number of Sales and Marketing roles in SIEMENS Portugal and later Olivetti Portugal.Close dialog
CEO Europe Cluster
Executive Committee member since September 2016
Ahmed Essam was appointed CEO of the Europe Cluster in September 2016 which comprises Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Romania. In this capacity he also oversees Vodafone’s interest in the Netherlands joint venture with Liberty Global.
Prior to this appointment, Ahmed was CEO of Vodafone Egypt since July 2014. Ahmed joined Vodafone Egypt in 1999 and held a variety of roles including Customer Care Director and Consumer Business Unit Director and has also previously been the Group Commercial Management Director for the Africa Middle East and Asia Pacific region and has held a number of senior roles within Vodafone’s Group Commercial functions.Close dialog