• Latest people movements include: Pauline Best, Catherine Walker, Andy MacLeod, Arun Sarin, B. S. Shantharaju, Maximo Ibarra, Karsten Pradel, Mark Bowden.
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 Sources: Vodafone; various.

Carpetright

Pauline
Best

Alumni

Former Vodafone executive Pauline Best was appointed a Non-Executive Director at British flooring retailer Carpetright. Best filled various senior HR roles at Vodafone between 1989 and 2007, including as UK HR Director and Global Leadership& People Capability Director.

HSBC

Catherine
Walker

Alumni

Catherine Walker, former Group Head of Digital& Marketing Operations at Vodafone between 2014 and 2018, was appointed Global Head of B2B Digital Marketing Channels at British bank HSBC in an interim capacity.

IQGeo

Andy
MacLeod

Alumni

Former GroupTechnology executive Andy MacLeod was appointed to the Board of Directors at geospatial software provider IQGeo as a Non-Executive Director.

MacLeod was at Vodafone between 2007 and 2018, including: spells as Group Chief Networks Officer and CTO of the former Africa, MiddleEast& Asia Region; and a secondment to former investment Verizon Wireless as CTO.

Ola Electric

Arun
Sarin

Appointment

Arun Sarin, Group CEO between 2003 and 2008, was appointed Independent Director at Indian e‑mobility specialist OlaElectric (one of many investments he has made in his current venture capitalist guise).

Ramky Enviro Engineers

B.S. Shantharaju

Appointment

B.S. Shantharaju, former CEO of IndusTowers, Vodafone’s Indian passive infrastructure joint venture, resurfaced as Chairman of Ramky Enviro Engineers, an environmental services and solutions specialist. Shantharaju led Indus between 2009 and 2016 (Vodafonewatch, #138).

Sky Italia

Maximo
Ibarra

Appointment

Maximo Ibarra, one-time Director of Consumer Marketing at VfIt, was announced as the new CEO of rival SkyItalia, effective 1October2019.

Ibarra, who is currently CEO of VfZ rival KPN Netherlands, was at VfIt between 1996 and 2000, and has since been CEO of Italian operator WindTre.

Telefónica Deutschland

Karsten
Pradel

Appointment

Karsten Pradel, ex‑Director of Consumer Internet of Things at Vodafone, was hired by Telefónica Deutschland as Director of Business-to-Business.

Pradel —who has also worked for Kabel Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom in the past —was in charge of Vodafone’s VbyVodafone product range until his departure from the Group earlier in 2019 (Vodafonewatch, #173).

Tesco Mobile

Mark
Bowden

Appointment

Former Group Finance executive Mark Bowden was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Tesco Mobile, the mobile virtual network operator joint venture between British retailer Tesco and TelefónicaUK (O2UK).

Bowden held several finance roles at Vodafone between 2007 and 2012, before joining O2UK and later becoming Commercial Finance Director at the rival operator.