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Vodafone Group Plc
29 September 2022
29 September 2022
Vodafone announces Group Executive Committee changes
Vodafone today announced the retirement of two members of its
Group Executive Committee who have made significant contributions
to the company over their years of service and whose leadership has
ensured a smooth succession.
Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
will retire on 31 March 2023 after more than twelve years with
Vodafone. Rosemary joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee in
March 2010 as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Whilst
at Vodafone, she played a critical role in mergers and
acquisitions, led legal teams to success in complex legal cases in
Vodafone's markets, and championed business integrity.
Throughout her 40-year career in law, Rosemary has been an
advocate of diversity and inclusion as well as innovation in the
legal sector and encouraged lawyers to recognise their role in
tackling climate change. As a leader and mentor of talent, General
Counsels in 8 FTSE and 1 Fortune 500 company have come from teams
she has led.
Previously, Rosemary was General Counsel and Company Secretary
at Reuters Group PLC and before that a partner at a City law
Maaike de Bie will become Vodafone Group General Counsel and
Company Secretary on 1 March 2023, reporting to Nick Read, Vodafone
Group CEO, and join the Vodafone Group Executive Committee. Maaike
joins from easyJet plc where she is Group General Counsel and
Company Secretary. An experienced international lawyer with over 25
years of experience, she has held senior roles with Royal Mail plc,
EY LLP, General Electric as well as the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development LLP.
Johan Wibergh, Group Chief Technology Officer, will retire on 31
December 2022 after nearly eight years with Vodafone. Johan joined
Vodafone and the Vodafone Group Executive Committee in May 2015 as
Chief Technology Officer.
In his role, Johan drove Vodafone's technology strategy,
including the creation of a single pan-European technology team
with emphasis on operational excellence and bringing more software
skills in-house. He has been instrumental in establishing Vodafone
as a gigabit broadband leader with Europe's largest 5G network and
spearheading the build of new digital platforms.
Previously, Johan joined Ericsson in 1996, where he held roles
in IT and Services and two country CEO positions before becoming
Executive Vice President and Head of Networks.
Scott Petty will become Vodafone Group Chief Technology Officer
(CTO) on 1 January 2023 and Alberto Ripepi, will become Group Chief
Network Officer (CNO). They will co-lead Vodafone Technology,
reporting to Nick Read, Vodafone Group CEO, and both will join the
Vodafone Group Executive Committee on 1 January 2023.
Scott joined Vodafone in 2009 and has held positions in Vodafone
Business Product Management and Technology before becoming UK CTO
in 2017. He moved to his current position as in April 2021.
Since joining Vodafone in 2001, Alberto has held various roles
in technology including CTO of Europe and operational director for
"I want to thank Johan and Rosemary for their leadership,
legacy, and significant contributions to Vodafone's success through
strong, diverse, and innovative teams. I have deeply enjoyed
working with them and wish them a rewarding and enjoyable next
phase in their lives," said Nick Read, CEO Vodafone Group. "I am
pleased to have both Scott and Alberto jointly lead Vodafone
Technology with their extensive knowledge of the Group and our
transformative agenda. We are excited to have Maaike join
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Unique in its scale as the largest pan-European and African
technology communications company, Vodafone transforms the way we
live and work through its innovation, technology, connectivity,
platforms, products and services.
Vodafone operates mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries, and
partners with mobile networks in 48 more. As of 30 June 2022, we
had over 300m mobile customers, more than 28m fixed broadband
customers and 22m TV customers. Vodafone is a world leader in the
Internet of Things (IoT), connecting around 160m devices and
We have revolutionised fintech in Africa through M-Pesa, which
celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022. It is the region's largest
fintech platform, providing access to financial services for more
than 50m people in a secure, affordable and convenient way.
Our purpose is to connect for a better future by using
technology to improve lives, digitalise critical sectors and enable
inclusive and sustainable digital societies.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact to reach
net zero emissions across our full value chain by 2040, while
helping our customers reduce their own carbon emissions by 350m
tonnes by 2030. We are driving action to reduce device waste and
achieve our target to reuse, resell or recycle 100% of our network
We believe in the power of connectivity and digital services to
improve society and economies, partnering with governments to
digitalise healthcare, education and agriculture and create
cleaner, safer cities. Our products and services support the
digitalisation of businesses, particularly small and medium
Our inclusion for all strategy seeks to ensure no-one is left
behind through access to connectivity, digital skills and creating
relevant products and services such as access to education,
healthcare and finance. We are also committed to developing a
diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the customers and
societies we serve.
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