With effect from 1st October Michel Combes will join Vodafone as CEO, Europe Region. In this role he will be responsible for all markets currently part of the Europe Region, together with Global Marketing and Global Technology and Vodafone Business Services. He will also join the Executive Committee.
For the last two years Michel has been Chairman and CEO of TDF Group, the private equity backed French operator of shared facilities and terrestrial networks in Europe. He previously spent a number of years with France Telecom in senior management positions. Having begun his career in the External Networks division, he ultimately became Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of NExT Financial Balance & Value Creation and member of the France Telecom Group Strategic Committee. Throughout his career he has been involved in transformational projects combining both growth and operational efficiency improvements.
Commenting on the appointment, Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, said “I am pleased that we have recruited someone of Michel’s talents and expertise. I am confident that he will bring significant experience to Vodafone, given his impressive telecoms and entrepreneurial background”.