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Second telco appoints business services head

Vodafone Group Plc has announced the appointment of Vinod Kumar as chief executive officer of Vodafone Business with effect from 2 September 2019. 

It is the second major European telco to make senior management changes to its business services division, after Orange Business Services appointed a number of new section heads last week to help it win more cloud and digital transformation work. 

Kumar will join the firm's executive committee and will report to Vodafone Group chief executive Nick Read. He succeeds Vodafone Group CEO Rest of World, Vivek Badrinath, who has been acting as interim CEO of Vodafone Business since March 2019.

Kumar had been the managing director and CEO of Tata Communications Ltd since 2011, after joining the company as chief operating officer in 2004. He has been a member of the company’s board since 2007. He has also held senior roles at Asia Netcom, WorldCom, Global One and Sprint International.  

Vodafone's Nick Read said of the appointment: “Vinod is a very experienced business leader with a breadth of experience from across the globe.  He is a great addition to Vodafone and the Executive Committee."

Kumar said: “I am 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.”