Vodafone-Idea merged entity appoints heads for circles

Company Wire , June 11, 2018

Vodafone India Limited and Idea Cellular Limited have announced appointment of nine executives each from their teams as circle heads for the merged entity, which is proposed to operate as Vodafone Idea Limited.

From Idea, Rajendra Chaurasia will head Maharashtra and Goa circle; Sunil Tolani will head Mumbai; Sanjay David will take care of Odisha and Puneet Krishnan will be incharge of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle. The Kerala circle will be led by M.D. Prasad; Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh by Rajesh Naik; Bihar and Jharkhand by Monishi Ghosh. Further, Sudhir Pradhan will lead Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh while Sanjeev Govil will take charge of the Haryana circle.

Vodafone India’s Arvinder Singh is proposed to take charge of Delhi circle; Abhijeet Kishore for Gujarat; Murali S. for Tamil Nadu and Chennai; Arvind Nevatia for Karnataka; Shivan Bhargava for Kolkata and rest of Bengal; Nidhi Lauria for Assam and North East; and Amit Bedi is likely to continue as Rajasthan head. Additionally, Nipun Sharma is proposed to take charge of UP East and Ashish Chandra of UP West.

As per industry sources, the designate circle business leaders will coordinate with the chief operating officer designate and the circle head designates to plan appropriately the details and timing of their induction in the circles.

The merged entity has already announced the top leadership team that will run the company. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the non-executive chairman and Balesh Sharma will be the new chief executive officer. Idea Cellular’s chief finance officer Akshaya Moondra will head the financial operations of the new entity. Idea’s current deputy managing director, Ambrish Jain, is set to become the new chief operating officer.

Manish Dawar, who was recently roped in as the chief financial officer of Vodafone India, will get the overall responsibility for integration planning, governance and execution at the merged entity.

Further, the Aditya Birla Group plans to nominate Himanshu Kapania, currently Idea Cellular MD, as non-executive board member of the merged entity with a significant assignment in the group. Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood will join the Vodafone Group AMAP (Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific) Leadership team and also help governance through board memberships.


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