Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao steps down, Nick Read is the new CEO

Vodafone Group announced the resignation of CEO Vittorio Colao, who is leaving after 10 years in the top position, and appointment of Nick Read as the new CEO.
Vittorio Colao of Vodafone Group
Nick Read, a Vodafone veteran for 17 years, is currently chief financial officer of Vodafone Group. Vodafone did not reveal the reason for the departure of Vittorio Colao, who tried to transform the telecom group. The UK-based Vodafone is the second largest mobile operator in the world, behind China Mobile.

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The global telecom operator in a statement said that Nick Read will be the CEO effective 1 October 2018. Deputy CFO Margherita Della Valle will become the new CFO and will join the Board. Vodafone said it conducted an internal and external search for the CEO.

Vodafone revenue fell 2.2 percent to €46.6 billion, primarily due to the deconsolidation of Vodafone Netherlands following the creation of joint venture VodafoneZiggo, and foreign exchange movements.

Vodafone transformation in 10 years

# transformation from consumer-focused operator to converged communications
# added enterprise business and IoT
# largest mobile and fixed network in Europe
# Strengthened emerging market presence including India and Africa
# Exited from Verizon
# Idea-Vodafone merger
# Mobile customer grew from 269 million to 536 million
# 19.7 million broadband customers
# Timely investment in 4G
# Execution of Project Spring
# $22 billion deal with Liberty Global

Vodafone’s operating profit rose to €4.3 billion compared to €3.7 billion in the prior year, reflecting operational leverage and the benefit of cost efficiency initiatives.

Profit of Vodafone was €2.8 billion, including €2.2 billion net of tax reduction in the carrying value of the Group’s operations in India and a €1.9 billion increase in deferred tax assets in Luxembourg.

Vittorio Colao was appointed Group Chief Executive in July 2008. Vodafone has transformed from a consumer-focused 2G/3G mobile operator to a converged communications company with a business portfolio including the largest mobile and fixed next-generation network in Europe and an enterprise division.
Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read
Why Nick Read?

Vodafone management team has selected Nick Read for the top position because of his experience in managing business. Nick Read has been part of the transformation journey of Vodafone supporting CEO Vittorio Colao.

Vodafone Group will be using Nick Read’s skills in accounting, focus on UK telecom market, experience from emerging telecom markets.

Vodafone appointed Nick Read as group CFO in April 2014. Nick Read was previously the Group’s chief executive officer for the Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region and served as a board member of a number of Vodafone’s emerging markets subsidiaries including Vodacom Group and Vodafone India.

Nick Read joined Vodafone in 2001 as Vodafone UK’s finance director before being appointed Vodafone UK’s chief commercial officer then Vodafone UK chief executive officer.

Vodafone said Nick Read is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.