Vodafone’s UK enterprise director, Kyle Whitehill, has been promoted to the huge job of COO for Vodafone’s new Indian operation.
Whitehill, who will start his new role next month, is highly rated in the organisation after a successful seven-year period running Vodafone’s enterprise business.
He will now go to arguably Vodafone’s most exciting market in the world where he will work with Vodafone Essar CEO Asim Ghosh.
Vodafone bought a 67% majority share of the Indian business from Hutchison Whampoa 12 months ago for £9.6bn after long-fought tussle.
‘Hutch’, as it is called in India, is reckoned to be behind Airtel in the Indian market that is in a period of phenomenal growth, with six million new customers signing up for mobile phones every month.
Whitehill’s appointment was announced to staff in an email from Nick Read. He said: ‘Kyle has played a key role on the board in shaping our direction as a company, our relationship with strategic partners and involvement with charitable organisations.’
He added: ‘I just hope he can get Sky football coverage to continue to support Reading…they need all the support they can get!’
Whitehill was responsible for building the quality and breadth of Vodafone’s offer in the business market with the acquisitions of an IT consultancy, and a specialist business service provider. He also won an exclusive deal with a company offering secure access.
He built the company’s market share against huge pressure from rival operators.
A permanent fixture for Whitehill’s replacement is yet to be finalised but Mark Bond, previously sales director for the enterprise business, is stepping into the enterprise director role in an interim basis, but sources say he will be a favourite for the position longer term.