Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) today announced the appointment of Omid Kordestani as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 March 2013.
Omid Kordestani joined Google in 1999 as the company’s 11th employee. Over the next 10 years, he led Google's business operations from its inception to a business generating over $20bn in revenues with over 12,000 employees. After holding a number of senior executive positions at Google, Omid transitioned from his operational role and is now a Senior Advisor to the Office of CEO/Founders at Google.
Omid Kordestani is currently also pursuing his passion in technology, science, medicine and education through investments and advisory positions.
His career spans product management, sales, business development and general management roles. From 1995-99, Omid Kordestani was at Netscape Communications. As Vice President of Business Development, he grew Netscape's website revenue from an annual run-rate of $88 million to more than $200 million within 18 months. Omid Kordestani started his career in Silicon Valley as a Product Marketing Manager at HP, followed by senior roles at consumer electronic innovators GO Corporation (smartphone operating system) and 3DO (gaming platform).
Omid Kordestani graduated in electrical engineering from San Jose University and has a MBA from Stanford Business School, where he served on the Graduate School of Business Advisory Board.
Vodafone Group Chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said: “Omid has an outstanding track record as a commercial leader and innovator in the technology sector and I am delighted to welcome him to the Vodafone Board."
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