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Vodafone India Limited

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Vodafone India Limited - unlisted Public Company

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Peninsula Corporate Park
Ganpatrao Kadam Marg
Lower Parel
Mumbai 400 013

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About Board of Directors

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Profile Analjit Singh
Chairman of the Board

Mr Analjit Singh is the Founder Chairman of Max India Limited, with interests in life insurance (Max Life), health care (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa), senior living (Antara) and speciality packaging(Max Speciality Films).  Max India Group is renowned for service excellence and has successful joint ventures with some of the pre-eminent firms of the world including Mitsui Sumitomo of Japan, Life Healthcare of South Africa and Bupa Plc of the United Kingdom.  Earlier partners include, New York Life Insurance Company, Hutchison Whampoa, Motorola and Lockheed Martin.

Amongst his private businesses, Mr Analjit Singh has significant interests in real estate in India and lifestyle related ventures in the Western Cape, South Africa, pertaining to viticulture, wine making and hospitality.  The activities are centred around the Franschhoek Valley and Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland region.

A self-made entrepreneur Mr Analjit Singh was awarded Padma Bhushan, one of India’s top civilian honours, by the President of India in 2011.

An alumnus of The Doon School and Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mr Analjit Singh holds an MBA from Graduate School of Management, Boston University.

Professionally, he is the non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India and a Director on the boards of Tata Global Beverages and Sofina NV/SA, Belgium. He has recently served as Chairman of The Doon School.

Mr. Analjit Singh is a member of the Founder Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), India’s top ranked B-School, and has served as Chairman of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee- India’s oldest engineering college. He has instituted a scholarship fund for meritorious management students from -Graduate School of Management-Boston University and at Indian School of Business. The scholarship runs under the rubric MAS (Max Analjit Singh Scholarship).

He has been felicitated by Senator Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State on behalf of Indian American Centre for Political Awareness for his outstanding achievement in presenting the international community with an understanding of a modern and vibrant India and for creating several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the USA.

He has been honoured with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Service Category) and the Golden Peacock Award for Leadership and Service Excellence. In 2014 he was awarded with Spain’s second highest civilian honour, the Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabella and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

Profile Sunil Sood
Managing Director & CEO

Sunil Sood is the Managing Director and CEO for Vodafone India with effect from April 1, 2015.

Prior to this new role, Sunil was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Vodafone India. Being part of the senior leadership team at Vodafone India, Sunil was responsible for the day to day operations and the P&L management for all circles in the country. He also spearheaded the new business development initiative of Mobile Commerce for the organization.

Sunil also served as the Director - Business Operations for Vodafone India before becoming COO. Sunil started his Telecom sojourn in the summer of 2000 as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Hutch in Delhi. He soon became a Business head and led the Gujarat, Kolkata and Chennai operations.

Prior to joining telecom, Sunil has had a long career with Pepsi in various roles within India and abroad (CEO for Pepsi in Bangladesh). Sunil has also spent 4 years in Nigeria where he was working to establish the market for Nestles milk and infant formulae in the country.

Sunil did his schooling from St. Columbus School, Delhi and followed it up with a B Tech from IIT – Delhi and PGDM from IIM - Kolkata. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP).

Sunil is married to Tanya and has 2 children. He is an ardent lover of art and takes active interest in promoting upcoming talent. He likes to spend much of his spare time with his family. Sunil relaxes by going for a swim or listening to music. He lives by the credo “Success will never come without risks.”

Profile Chittaranjan Dua
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Dua is the founder of Dua Associates which is one of the prominent law firms in India with presence in eight cities namely Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chandigarh.   Mr. Dua has successfully established and developed the firm which has the ability to focus on client requirements with service from various specialty practice groups within the organization and across offices.

Today Dua Associates has over two hundred professionals including fifty partners and counsel and a total strength in excess of three hundred people. For almost a quarter century, Duas has provided a broad range of legal, consulting and now legal process services to a diverse Indian and international clientele, including private and listed companies, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and readily recognisable brand names from the U.S., Europe, Japan and ASEAN.

Mr. Dua therefore has a vast breadth of experience in the fields of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, project finance, public issues, entry strategies, foreign investment, corporate structuring I restructuring, infrastructure projects and commercial aspects of doing business in India. He has been actively involved in the process of regulatory reforms in India consistent with India's multilateral trade policy commitments. He has advised clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held and privately owned Indian and foreign companies, public sector undertakings, listed companies, Government companies, banks, international funding institutions and other financial institutions in India. He also sits on the Boards and Audit Committees of listed Indian companies and Indian subsidiaries of multinational clients.

In the early 1990s Mr. Dua took the initiative to establish Dua Consulting an organization which specializes in and has assisted its various multinational and domestic clients in the areas of public policy and regulatory affairs, corporate finance, technological and physical security and strategic international advisory services. The members of the consulting practice have all attained national and international recognition and prominence in their respective fields based on experience and integrity.

Mr. Dua has been a member of the'Advisory Committee on Competition Advocacy and also of the Competition Commission Advisory Committee on Regulations of the Competition Commission of India.

Mr. Dua is a founder member of the American Chamber of Commerce in India and continues to be an invited member on their Executive Board. He is..a Member of the National Executive Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is currently also a Senior Vice President of The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF). He is also a member of BNP Paribas Group India Advisory Board. He pursues philanthropic interests by participating as a Trustee in organizations engaged in education, welfare and cultural activities. Mr. Dua continues to pursue his interest in tennis and is an invited member on the Executive Committee of the International Lawn Tennis Club of India.

An honours graduate of St. Stephen's College Mr. Dua holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.

He is married with one daughter and resides in New Delhi.

Profile Ashwani Windlass
Independent NED

Mr. Ashwani Windlass is a leading strategy, telecom and technology professional, currently engaged in advisory role at the Board/CEO level, after over three decades of wide and top management experience with an outstanding track record of value creation. He focuses on strategy, telecoms and technology as also M&As.

Mr. Windlass has had an exceptional academic record, being a rank holder throughout. He is a university topper with a Gold Medal in his B.Com (Bachelors of Commerce) from Punjab University, Chandigarh from where he also obtained a graduation in Journalism.   He then went on to obtain his MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University Of Delhi, Delhi.

He is currently a non-executive Chairman - SA & JVs, MGRM Holdings Inc., USA,  a    global research initiative to develop and build a human life cycle based services platform. He has been actively engaged in next generational telecom related work. He currently serves as a non-executive Director on the Board of Max India Limited and non-executive Vice Chairman of Max Ventures Private Limited. He also serves on the board of Hindustan Media Ventures Limited,  India’s  leading print  media  Company and  Antara  Senior Living  Limited. Additionally, he advises private and sovereign funds.  He is also on Board of Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India’s front ranking management institution.

Mr. Windlass has been the Founder Managing Director of Hutchison Max Telecom (since rechristened as Vodafone Essar) and Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Telecom Limited, part of India’s largest industrial conglomerate where he  conceptualized and established their strategic entry  into Telecom . He laid solid foundations and made his distinct mark in both these assignments which has seen these initiatives blossom into mega ventures. He played a proactive role as an industry spokesperson and anchoring key policy initiatives with the Government of India.

In his distinguished executive career, he established and managed several new green field ventures in particular across telecom and technology sectors. These   included setting up and managing Joint Ventures in India with world’s leading corporations –Hutchison Group, Hong Kong; British Telecom UK, Comsat Corporation, USA, Avnet USA and Royal Gist Brocades, Holland; Elf Atochem (Total Group), France, MGRM Technologies Inc., USA apart from strategic relationships with AT&T, Motorola & Siemens.

At Max India Limited, Mr.Windlass held various key management positions in the area of Corporate Affairs, Finance and Strategy, apart from conceptualizing, building and spearheading the group’s foray into Electronics and Telecom Services. At 38, he was appointed the CEO of the Telecom Group.  He also guided the group through some key strategic and innovative business initiatives.

More recently, Mr.Windlass also headed the research based technology initiatives of MGRM Technologies Inc., USA for Asia Pacific region. These initiatives have to their credit unique research based proprietary multi domain IT services platform, based on Human Life Cycle approach and built on new generation technologies. This group has made exhaustive contribution in education, healthcare and other domains through global research anchored through top Ivy League universities in the USA. He now maintains his association with the MGRM Group, albeit in a non-executive capacity.

Profile Vikram Singh Mehta
Independent NED

His career began with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Government of India in 1978. He resigned that position in 1980 and joined Philips Petroleum in the UK.  In 1984 he returned to India to join "Oil India" as its Advisor (Strategic Planning). He joined Shell International in London in 1988. He was posted the Managing Director for Shell Markets and Chemicals, Egypt from 1991 to 93.  In 1994, he became the Chairman of Shell India.

Mr. Mehta is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and co Chairman of its energy committee. He is on the boards of Colgate Palmolive India Limited, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, Larsen and Toubro Limited, Apollo tyres ltd ; Thompson Reuters Foundation ; the Pandit Deendayal University of Petroleum and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

He is a recipient of Asia House’s ‘Businessman of the Year 2010’ award.

Mr. Mehta has a BA Maths (Hons) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, MA Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University and MA (Energy Economics) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Profile Shyamala Gopinath
Independent NED

Mrs Gopinath 64 has been involved for over 39 years in the financial sector and policy formulation in different capacities at the Reserve Bank of India. As Deputy Governor for nearly seven years and member of the Board, she had been guiding and influencing the national policies in diverse areas such as financial sector regulation and supervision, development and regulation of financial markets, capital account management, forex reserves management, and payment and settlement systems.  Being in charge of such a diverse portfolio has provided a unique blend of experience in regulation and supervision of financial institutions and financial market operations.

She was on deputation to the IMF during 2001-2003 and has participated in FSAP and other missions. She represented the Reserve Bank on the Financial Stability Board and other committees and during the crucial post-crisis period in 2009 at the G20 as the Central Bank Deputy.

She chaired the Working Group on National Small Saving Schemes, set up by the Government of India, and the Working Group on Holding Companies set up by the Reserve Bank. She also led the FSB peer review team on risk disclosures.

Currently she is non-executive Chairperson of Clearing Corporation of India Ltd. a market infrastructure company, Independent non-Executive of the Global Advisory Council, Ernst & Young U.K and independent Director on the Boards of Tata Elxsi Ltd., E.I.D. Parry Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL), National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE), and NDDB Dairy Services (a not for profit company). She is also Chairperson of the Securities Exchange Board of India Corporate Bonds and Securitisation Standing Advisory Committee and of the Advisory Board on Bank Frauds. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for a project called Leelavati Project sponsored by International Finance Corporation for the SEWA Bank which is a cooperative bank for women and guides a initiative on financial literacy.

Profile Marten Pieters
Non-Executive Director

Born on 29 April, 1953, Marten Pieters has a degree in Dutch Law and a Postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Marten Pieters has a total work experience of more than 30 years of which about 20 years have been in the Telecom and Communications Industry. His immediate previous four assignments were:

(a) Non-Executive member on the Board of Millicom International Cellular S.A. Member Supervisory Board Investment Fund for Health in Africa

(b) From August 2003 to January 2007, CEO of Celtel International B.V., which operates mobile telephony licenses in 14 African countries

(c) From April 2003 to July 2003, advisor for AMDOCS, the world’s largest supplier of billing and CRM solutions for telecom companies

(d) From May 1989 to April 2003 with KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, last as a Member of the Executive Management Board and CEO of KPN Business Solutions (since 2000). During his tenure, he has held other senior level positions in various entities in the group.

• During Marten’s tenure, Celtel International B.V. grew organically and by acquisitions from 2 to 16 million customers. Major acquisitions were done in Kenya, Nigeria and Madagascar. The revenue was 2 billion dollars in 2006 and grew to 3 billion in 2007. Celtel had about 7,500 employees prior to its acquisition by a Kuwaiti buyer.

• At KPN Royal Dutch Telecom (“KPN”), Marten Pieters was Member of the Executive Management Board of Directors of KPN, and CEO of the Division KPN Business Solutions. It has revenue of over Euro 2 billion and 7,000 employees. Marten Pieters was responsible for all IP/Data activities including roll out of DSL and bitstream and also had the responsibility for sales and installation of network solutions and customer’s premises equipment in the corporate and business market segment. During his tenure with KPN, he has held various senior and management level positions like Member of the Board of Directors of Directors of Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic), Eircom Ireland (till Nov. 2001), Euroweb Corp (U.S., till June 2002) and Supervisory Board of Directors KPNQwest (till May 2002), all listed companies, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors of Xantic, a worldwide working provider of software solutions and satellite services for the maritime industry which was a joint venture of KPN (65 %) and Telstra of Australia (35 %).

• Marten Pieters was appointed as Managing Director of Vodafone India limited (formerly Vodafone Essar Limited) for the period 11 June 2009 to 31 March 2012 and reappointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Office for the period 01 April 2012 to 31 March 2015.

Profile John Otty

John is the Regional Finance Director for Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific. He has over 22 years of management experience within Vodafone in operational roles in the Netherlands, Australia and the UK and in regional roles in Europe having joined the company in 1992. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Profile Vivek Badrinath

Chief Executive, Executive Committee member since October 2016.
Vivek Badrinath joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP in October 2016. He is responsible for Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Qatar, New Zealand and Turkey. 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. Between 2000 and 2004 he ran the Indian operations of Thomson (now Technicolor). He was a Board member of Nokia between 2014 and 2016.
He has been a recipient of the French National Order of Merit and was appointed a member of the National Digital Council by the President of France.

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