Arun Sarin became Chief Executive in July 2003. His time with the company has seen it expand into emerging markets such as Romania, Czech Republic and Turkey. He also led the acquisition of Hutchison Essar, which is the largest foreign investment made in India.
During his time as Chief Executive of Vodafone has grown its proportionate customer base from 120 million to more than 260 million. Sarin also built a new senior management team and took the lead on major industry issues, including mobile broadband and internet services.
Arun Sarin said:
“It has been a privilege to lead Vodafone for the last five years and to have been involved in the company for such a long time. I feel that I have accomplished what I set out to achieve, particularly in developing and implementing a new strategy. I am very proud of what Vodafone and its 71,000 people have achieved and the good momentum we have in the marketplace.”
Sarin graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur with a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. In 1978 he gained an MS in Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr Sarin was President and COO of AirTouch from February 1997 until June 1999 when AirTouch merged with Vodafone. He was appointed Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer for the United States and Asia Pacific region until Vodafone’s U.S. interests were merged with Verizon Wireless.
Sarin rejoined Vodafone as Chief Executive Designate on 1 April 2003 and was appointed on a permanent basis after the Company’s annual general meeting on 30 July 2003.
Mr Sarin’s resignation is effective from July 29th, following the company’s AGM and Vittorio Colao will fill his position as CEO.