Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) today announced that Deborah Kerr will be appointed as a non-executive director with effect from 1 March 2022.
Deborah Kerr is a growth-oriented technology executive with a track record of successfully transforming global enterprise software and service companies across various industries. She has held board and executive leadership roles with both private equity-owned and publicly traded companies, where she has worked across all stages of growth and value creation, including complex digital transformations.
She currently serves as a Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Deborah held senior executive roles at Sabre, the travel technology company, Fair Isaac (“FICO”), the data analytics business, and Hewlett-Packard, where she was Chief Technology Officer for HP’s Enterprise Services operations. She began her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Deborah is currently a non-executive director at NetApp, the hybrid cloud data services and data management company, and Chico’s, the U.S. omni-channel retailer. Until recently, she was a non-executive director of EXL, the business process solutions company. Deborah has also held non-executive roles at International Airline Group (IAG), the airline conglomerate, DH, a global fintech solutions and service provider, and Mitchell International, a privately owned global technology business.
Jean-Francois van Boxmeer, Chairman of Vodafone, said:
“I am delighted that Deborah will be joining Vodafone’s Board. She brings a wealth of technology expertise across a range of sectors, as well as extensive non-executive board experience. As Vodafone continues its evolution into a technology communications company, Deborah’s knowledge and strategic insights on the technology market will be an excellent addition to our Board discussions.”
Deborah Kerr commented:
“It is an honour to be invited to join the Board of Vodafone. The critical value of technology and telecoms in our daily lives has been sharply put into focus as a result of the global pandemic. I am greatly looking forward to working with Jean-Francois and the board to support Nick and the executive team successfully drive forward the strategy.”
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Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. Our purpose is to “connect for a better future” enabling an inclusive and sustainable digital society. Our expertise and scale gives us a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Our networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected and – as COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated – we play a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare.
Vodafone is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe and a leading global IoT connectivity provider. Our M-Pesa technology platform in Africa enables 50m people to benefit from access to mobile payments and financial services. We operate mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 49 more. As of 30 June 2021, we had over 300m mobile customers, more than 28m fixed broadband customers, over 22m TV customers and we connected 130m IoT devices.
We support diversity and inclusion through our maternity and parental leave policies, empowering women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills for women, girls, and society at large. We are respectful of all individuals, irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, culture or religion.
Vodafone is also taking significant steps to reduce our impact on our planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and becoming net zero by 2040, purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources in Europe and across our entire operations by 2025, and reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of our redundant network equipment.
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