12/10/2008 12:55:00 PM
New posts for Sarin and Erskine in different industries
Two former mobile operator CEOs will take on new roles outside of the industry next year.
Arun Sarin, former head of Vodafone, is one of the candidates selected by Yahoo’s board for its top role. A decision will be made in January 2009.
Meanwhile, betting giant Ladbrokes has appointed former O2 chief executive Peter Erskine (pictured) as its new chairman. Erskine will join the Ladbrokes board in January 2009 and will take over the chairmanship at the firm’s annual meeting in May.
Sarin, who retired as chief executive of Vodafone in July 2008 after leading its expansion in emerging markets, particularly the move into India with the acquisition of Hutchison Essar, is one of a small group of candidates under consideration for the Yahoo Role.
Yahoo has been looking for a new chief since co-founder Jerry Yang announced last month that he would be stepping down.
Erskine, who is credited with O2’s transformation from a BT wireless business to its enviable position today, will succeed Sir Ian Robinson, who has headed the company for the past seven years.
Erskine left at the end of 2007 after handling the sale to Telefonica, and was replaced by UK CEO Matthew Key.