Vodafone chief executive officer and managing director Marten Pieters wi; reportedly be stepping down from his position on the April 1, 2015. This post will be taken over by Sunil Sood who is the present chief operating officer at the telecom giant. Marten Pieters will, however, continue to stay a part of the Board of Vodafone India albeit in a non-executive role.
Pieters in a statement to the media said that it has so far been a privilege and pleasure leading Vodafone India and he extended his gratitude to all of his colleagues for their commitment and passion that has been in support of the company’s goals over the course of the past six years. He added that he was delighted to hand over operations to Sunil Sood. Pieters revealed that he and Sood had worked together throughout their time at Vodafone India and he could not have asked for a better man to replace him as a successor.
Sixty-one-year-old Marten Pieters, who has earned his nickname as a crusader for the telecommunication industry, had been heading Vodafone India since the February of 2009. This makes him the longest-serving chief executive officer of any telecom company in India and the single one to have witnessed every spectrum auction held in the country.
It was under Marten Pieters’s guidance that Vodafone India doubled its revenues, witnessed an addition of more than 100 million new customers, upped its share in the telecom market, and launched data services that are being used by over 57 million customers.
Pieters was also chosen to be the Chairman of the Cellular Operators Association on India in 2014.