Former MD of Tata Communications, Vinod Kumar, joins Vodafone Group

The UK-based telecom major said in a statement that Kumar will take his new post with effect from September 2.

Vinod Kumar, former managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tata Communications, has joined Vodafone Group Plc as CEO of Vodafone Business.

The UK-based telecom major said in a statement that Kumar will take his new post with effect from September 2, be a part of the executive committee from that date and report to Vodafone Group chief executive Nick Read.

He succeeds Vodafone Group CEO Rest of World, Vivek Badrinath, who has been acting as Interim CEO of Vodafone Business since March 2019.


“Vinod is a very experienced business leader with a breadth of experience from across the globe. He is a great addition to Vodafone and the Executive Committee,” said Read in a statement on Monday.

Kumar (54) had been with the Tata company since 2004 and was appointed its CEO in 2011. He has previous worked with Asia Netcom, WorldCom, Global One and Sprint International. His last day in Tata Comm was July 5.

“I am very excited to join the vibrant team at Vodafone Business. The global reach, the pervasive network and the brand loyalty that Vodafone has created makes it an ideal partner for any organisation's digital transformation, regardless of size or industry,” said Kumar on Monday.
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