Meet the members of the Vodafone Group's executive committee.
Board director since 9 October 2006 and appointed chief executive on 29 July 2008.
Vittorio Colao was appointed chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc after the AGM on 29 July 2008. He joined the Board in October 2006 as chief executive, Europe and deputy chief executive. The early part of his career was spent in the Milan office of McKinsey & Company working on media, telecommunications and industrial goods, with additional responsibility for recruitment.
In 1996 he joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, which subsequently became Vodafone Italy, and he was appointed chief executive in 1999. He was then appointed regional chief executive officer, Southern Europe for Vodafone Group Plc in 2001, became a member of the board in 2002 and was appointed to the role of regional chief executive officer for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Vodafone in 2003.
In 2004 he left Vodafone to join RCS MediaGroup, the leading Italian publishing company, where he was chief executive until he rejoined Vodafone as CEO, Europe. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Bocconi University, Italy and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists.Close dialog
Chief financial officer
Nick Read, chief financial officer, was appointed group chief financial officer and a member of the Vodafone Group Plc board on 1 April 2014.
Since joining Vodafone in 2001, Nick has held a variety of senior roles including CFO, CCO and CEO of Vodafone Ltd, the UK operating company. In his role immediately prior to group CFO, he was the regional CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific for five years and was a board member of the listed companies of Vodacom, Safaricom, and Vodafone Qatar, our subsidiaries in India and Egypt, and our joint ventures, VHA in Australia and Indus Towers in India.
Prior to joining Vodafone, he held senior global finance positions with United Business Media Plc and Federal Express Worldwide.
Nick is a fellow chartered managemment accountant and a chartered global management accountant, with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.Close dialog
Group chief commercial and operations officer
Paolo Bertoluzzo, group chief commercial and operations officer, was appointed to the executive committee with effect from 1 August 2012, when he became chief executive officer, Southern Europe.
He was chief executive officer of Vodafone Italy from 2008-2013, and a member of the board of Vodafone Italy from 2006-2013. He joined Vodafone in 1999, and held the post of chief commercial officer (2007), chief operating officer (2006), and led the Consumer Division of Vodafone Italy (2005). He was a member of the board of Vodacom from January 2010 to September 2012 and served as a board member of Vodafone Ireland between November 2005 and February 2007.
Paolo is deputy chairman of Asstel, the trade association representing the interests of telecommunications companies members of Confindustria (the Confederation of Italian Industry), and sits on the board of Confindustria Digitale, the industrial federation promoting digital economy in Italy.
After graduating in 1990 in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, he obtained an MBA from INSEAD at Fontainbleau in France in 1994 and began his career in management consulting, working in Italy and the United States.Close dialog
Group strategy and business development director
Executive Committee member since April 2006.
Warren Finegold joined the executive committee in April 2006 as chief executive, Global Business Development with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions and business development.
He assumed his current posiiton in August 2009 when his role was expanded to include Group Strategy. He started his career with Hill Samuel & Co. Limited as an executive in the Corporate Finance department, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions.
He then moved to Goldman Sachs International in 1986 where he held positions in New York and London. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was a managing director of UBS Investment Bank where he held a number of senior positions, most recently as head of its technology team in Europe.Close dialog
Regional CEO Europe
Executive Committee member since October 2012
Philipp Humm, regional CEO Europe, joined Vodafone as chief executive officer, Northern and Central Europe and was appointed to the Executive Committee with effect from 1 October 2012.
Before taking up this role, he was president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. Previously, he was chief regional officer Europe and a member of the Executive Committee of T-Mobile International and prior to that, CEO and chief sales officer for T-Mobile Germany.
His past experience includes time with McKinsey & Company; the German grocery retailer, Tengelmann, where he became CEO of Plus, their food discounter; and Amazon, where he held roles as managing director of Amazon Germany and France and vice president Europe. He began his career at Procter & Gamble.Close dialog
Group enterprise director
Executive Committee member since April 2013
Nick Jeffery was appointed group enterprise director in January 2013. Prior to this, he was chief executive of Cable & Wireless Worldwide.
Nick joined Vodafone in 2004 and was appointed chief executive of Vodafone Global Enterprise in 2006. He began his career with Cable & Wireless Plc (Mercury Communications) in 1991 and led the company’s UK and international markets business units.Close dialog
Group external affairs director
Executive Committee member since March 2009
Matthew Kirk, group external affairs director, was appointed to his current position and joined the Executive Committee in March 2009. Matthew joined Vodafone in 2006 as group director of External Relationships.
Prior to that, he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for more than 20 years and before joining Vodafone served as British Ambassador to Finland.Close dialog
Group general counsel and company secretary
Executive Committee member since March 2010
Rosemary Martin was appointed group general counsel and company secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as group general counsel and company secretary.
Before joining Reuters, Rosemary was a partner with Rowe & Maw (now Mayer Brown). She is a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group) and a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Listing Group Advisory Panel.
Group HR director
Executive Committee member since January 2009
Ronald Schellekens, group HR director, joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in January 2009. He is responsible for the Vodafone Human Resource Management function, as well as Health & Safety and Vodafone's Property and Real Estate.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Ronald was executive vice president Human Resources for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s global downstream business. Prior to working for Shell, he worked for PepsiCo for nine years in various international, senior human resources roles, including assignments in Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, the UK and Poland.
In his previous role, he was responsible for the Europe, Middle East & Africa region for PepsiCo Foods International. Prior to PepsiCo, he worked for nine years for AT&T in Human Resources
Regional CEO – Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region
Executive Committee member as of 1 January 2014
Regional CEO – Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region Executive Committee member as of 1 January 2014 Serpil Timuray, chief executive, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region, joined the Executive Committee on 1 January 2014.
She was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of Vodacom Group in South Africa in September 2012, the boards of Vodafone India, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Safaricom Kenya in November 2013 and board of Vodafone Qatar in June 2014.
Serpil joined Vodafone as chief executive of Vodafone Turkey in January 2009. She was previously general manager of Danone Turkey from 2002-2008. She began her career in 1991 in marketing at Procter & Gamble where she was later appointed to the Executive Committee of Procter & Gamble Turkey.
Serpil was appointed as an independent director to the board of Danone Group in the AGM on 29 April, 2015. She also sits on the Board of Trustees at Koc University, Turkey.Close dialog
Group Technology Officer
Executive Committee member since May 2015
Johan Wibergh joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in May 2015 as group technology officer. Johan joined Vodafone from Ericsson where he held the position of executive vice president and head of the networks segment.
In this role, he led all aspects of business strategy, R&D, product management and sales for the segment. He also has international experience in leadership roles in Brazil and the United States.
Johan started his career in software development and system integration working for Diab Data AB and Bull AB. He joined Ericsson in 1996, initially to deliver internal IT solutions, and then went on to lead the creation of Ericsson’s managed services business.Close dialog