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Vodafone India appoints Naveen Chopra as new COO

Vodafone India has appointed Naveen Chopra as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Prior to this appointment, Chopra was Director of Vodafone Business Services (VBS).

He will succeed Sunil Sood, who earlier was elevated to post of CEO in the company. His appointment will come into effect from April 1, 2015.

Naveen Chopra had joined Vodafone in 2004 as Vice-president, Corporate Marketing. Over the last 10 years, he had held various posts in the company which includes CMO, Business Head of Mumbai and Rajasthan circles and the Director of VBS.

About Vodafone India

Vodafone India is the second largest mobile network operator in India after Airtel in terms of subscriber base.

As of September 2014, it had approximately 173 million customers. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Services: Vodafone India offers both prepaid and postpaid GSM cellular phone coverage throughout India. It also provides 3G services on basis of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz digital GSM technology.

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Vodafone appoints Sunil Sood as India CEO

Vodafone has appointed Sunil Sood as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its India operations. He will be first Indian CEO of Vodafone.

He will replace Martin Pieters will step down on 1 April 2015. Presently, he is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company

Martin Pieters was the longest serving CEO of a telecom firm in the country and was CEO since 2009.

Under Pieters’ leadership, Vodafone India had doubled its revenues and added more than 100 million customers. He also played important role in increasing market share of Vodafone India and launched data services which is used by more than 57 million customers.

About Sunil Sood

  • He is graduate with a B Tech from IIT Delhi and PGDM from IIM Kolkata. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
  • In 2000, he had joined Vodafone India’s predecessor business, Hutch 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.

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