Mumbai : Vodafone India’s chief executive Marten Pieters will be handing charge to Sunil Sood, the company’s chief operating officer at the beginning of the next financial year, said a company press statement.
Pieters, who is the only CEO to have seen all the Indian spectrum auctions so far, will retain a non-executive role on the company’s board.
Marten Pieters was appointed as Vodafone India Managing Director and Chief Executive in February 2009. Prior to this he was on boards of KPN, Celtel and Millicom.
During his tenure, Vodafone India expanded to an all-India operator. In doing so, it doubled revenue, added more than 100 million customers, increased market share and launched data services used by more than 57 million customers.
Pieters was appointed as the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the apex body representing interests of GSM players, in 2014.
Sood is currently responsible for day-to-day operations and profit and loss book management together with new business development initiatives including the launch and expansion of mobile commerce activities.
Sood joined Vodafone India’s predecessor business, Hutchison, in 2000 and has held roles leading the company’s operations in Gujarat, Kolkata and Chennai. He had previously worked for Pepsi in a range of Indian and international leadership roles.