Meet the members of the Vodafone Group's Executive Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Nick Read was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2018. He was appointed to the Vodafone Group PLC Board on 1 April 2014 and was Group Chief Financial Officer until 27 July 2018.
Since joining Vodafone in 2001, Nick has held a variety of senior roles including CFO, CCO and CEO of Vodafone Limited, 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.
On 8 March 2018, Nick was nominated for election to the Board at Booking Holdings Inc. ahead of their Annual Meeting of Stockholders in June 2018.
Nick is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.Close dialog
Margherita Della Valle
Chief Financial Officer
Margherita Della Valle, Chief Financial Officer, was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Vodafone Group PLC Board on 27 July 2018.
Margherita’s previous roles within Vodafone were Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 2015 to 2018, Group Financial Controller, Chief Financial Officer for Vodafone’s European region and Chief Financial Officer for Vodafone Italy. She joined Omnitel Pronto Italia - which later became Vodafone Italy - in 1994 and held various consumer marketing positions in business analytics and customer base management before moving to finance.
Margherita is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Centrica Plc.Close dialog
CEO Europe Cluster
Executive Committee member since January 2014
Serpil Timuray joined the Group Executive Committee in January 2014. She was appointed as the CEO of the Europe Cluster in October 2018, which comprises Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Turkey. In this capacity she also oversees Vodafone’s interest in the Netherlands joint venture with Liberty Global.
Prior to this, she was the Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer and formerly was the CEO for AMAP (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific) Region. She served as a Board member of the listed companies of Vodacom Group, Safaricom and Vodafone Qatar, our subsidiaries in India and Egypt, our joint venture Vodafone Hutchison Australia and is the Chairperson of Vodafone Turkey. Serpil joined Vodafone in 2009 as the CEO of Turkey.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Serpil 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 a non-executive director on the board of the Danone Group. She also sits on the board of the GSMA. Serpil is a member of the Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Global 50.Close dialog
CEO Rest of World and Interim CEO Vodafone Business
Executive Committee member since October 2016
Vivek Badrinath joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP, now CEO Rest of World, in October 2016. He is responsible for Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and New Zealand. On 1 April 2019, Vivek was also appointed as Interim CEO of Vodafone Business responsible for Vodafone’s enterprise business globally.
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 was a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) until April 2016 and a Non-Executive Director of EY until August 2018.
Rosemary is currently a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel and also a member of the UK Takeover Panel's Code Committee.Close dialog
Group External Affairs Director
Executive Committee member since August 2017
Before joining Vodafone in April 2017, Joakim was the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years in the foreign service of Sweden, including as Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the World Trade Organization and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union. He also served as an EU negotiator with DG TRADE at the European Commission.
A Swedish national, Joakim holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from Lund University.Close dialog
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. Johan joined the board of Trimble as a Non-Executive Director in February 2018.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
Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer
Executive Committee member since September 2016
Ahmed Essam was appointed Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer in October 2018 and prior to this, he was CEO of the Europe Cluster which comprises Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Romania.
Ahmed was CEO of Vodafone Egypt from July 2014 to September 2016. He 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
Chief Human Resources Officer
Leanne joined Vodafone as Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Executive Committee on 1 April 2019. She is responsible for leading Vodafone’s people and organisation strategy which includes developing strong talent and leadership, effective organisations, strategic capabilities and an engaging culture and work environment. Leanne was the Chief People, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer for Burberry Plc from 2015. Prior to that she worked for Diageo Plc for 15 years in a variety of roles, latterly as their Group HR Director. She has also worked in strategy and finance for Allied Domecq Plc, LEK Consulting and United Distillers. Leanne holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge.Close dialog