Vodafone CIO Anthony Thomas To Quit

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 12, 2015

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Anthony Thomas, Vodafone India’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) has reportedly resigned in order to pursue other opportunities. People familiar with the matter informed ET. 

The development comes months before Vodafone’s $1-billion outsourcing contract with IBM is set to expire. There have been talks renew the deal at present, according to people familiar with the developments. 

The telecom provider also sent out an internal mail to employess confirming Thomas’s exit from the company. The company is yet to announce who will replace Thomas as the new CIO. 

“Anthony Thomas, chief information officer, India, has decided to pursue career opportunities outside Vodafone. His last day at Vodafone will be September 15, 2015,” Vodafone said in the mail. But when contacted, Vodafone spokesperson declined to comment. “We are not commenting at this point,” said the spokesperson to the news site. 

Thomas joined Vodafone in April 2012 and played a key role in creating a new centralized IT structure within the company during his tenure. During his stint at Vodafone, the company creating a new centralized IT structure within the company during his tenure. During his stint at Vodafone, the company also rolled out several new technology initiatives including the company’s microfinancing service m-pesa and also a new data warehouse. 

Prior to Vodafone, Thomas had stints at companies such as Citigroup, Ernst & Young and Intelligroup. Thomas  has successfully managed many key initiatives across multiple organizations and has made many key contributions to Information Technology.

During his tenure at Citigroup as the Global Head of Digital Banking Operations, Thomas drove the digitization of key Banking processes, including acquisitions, servicing, payments for a full lifecycle positive channel agnostic customer experience, reduced cost, reduced process cycles and increased revenue opportunities.

Prior to that he was the Global Head and Chief Architect of Citi eDelivery where he drove the development, roll-out and support of electronic interactive communications platform to digitize 2Billion communications; 3Billon pieces of paper at a $1Billion annual cost. Thomas has also been a core member of Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Committee on Mobile Banking.