Sunil Sood Succeeds Marten Pieters As Vodafone India's CEO

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 22, 2015

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Sunil Sood, Vodafone India’s Chief Operating Officer, is taking over as the company’s MD & CEO from Marten Pieters from April this year. 

Pieters was appointed as Vodafone India Managing Director and Chief Executive in February 2009 after an international telecommunications career which included Board-level roles with KPN, Celtel and Millicom. Under his leadership, Vodafone India doubled revenues, added more than 100 million customers, increased market share and launched data services used by more than 57 million customers. The longest-serving Chief Executive of an Indian telecommunications company, he has led Vodafone India’s participation in all spectrum auctions since 2009. Pieters was appointed as the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in 2014.

Sood has been responsible for day-to-day operations and P&L management together with new business development initiatives including the launch and expansion of mobile commerce activities. Sood had joined Vodafone India’s predecessor business, Hutch, in 2000 and has held roles leading the company’s operations in Gujarat, Kolkata and Chennai. He had an earlier stint with Pepsi where he worked in a range of Indian and international leadership roles. 

Vodafone India chairman Analjit Singh, said, “Marten’s term as 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 has been a fantastic leader in India and a wise and trusted contributor across the Group as a whole. He will stand down from his role as Chief Executive with warm thanks from everyone in Vodafone. I look forward to working with Sunil to build on the successes of a business widely admired in India and internationally,” said Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao.

Sunil Sood’s successor as Chief Operating Officer will be announced in due course.Vodafone India is a 100 per cent fully owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc. serving around 180 million customers in India.