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Sunil Sood replaces Marten Pieters as Vodafone India CEO


Vodafone India has announced Marten Pieters will be resigning as the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Vodafone India. The decision will come into effect from April 2015 and he will be succeeded by Vodafone India COO Sunil Sood. However, even after the resign he will be associated with Board of Vodafone India in a non-executive capacity.

Speaking about the situation, Analjit Singh, Chairman, Board of Vodafone India, said, “Marten’s term as the Chief Executive has been marked by outstanding business performance and exemplary leadership in a highly complex sector and operating environment. He is to be commended for his many achievements and hands on to his highly experienced and respected successor the stewardship of a substantial enterprise serving the needs of 174 million customers. Sunil has extensive operating experience and knows Vodafone India from within. He is therefore a great choice to grow and expand the business and I look forward to a successful transition.”

Marten was appointed as the Vodafone India Managing Director and Chief Executive in 2009. Under his supervision the company doubled revenues, added more than 100 million customers, increased market share and launched data services used by more than 57 million customers. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) last year.

Sunil Sood will be succeeding Marten, who is presently associated with the company as the Chief Operating Officer.  He looks after the Managing Director and Chief Executive day-to-day operations and P&L management together with new business development initiatives including the launch and expansion of mobile commerce activities.

Talking about this development, Marten Pieters Vodafone India Managing Director and Chief Executive, said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead Vodafone India and I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their passion and commitment in support of our goals over the last six years. I am delighted to hand over to Sunil; we have worked closely together throughout my time with Vodafone and I could not wish for a better successor.”


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