Chief Executive Officer
Vodafone Group plc
Arun Sarin was the CEO of the world's biggest mobile phone company, Britain's Vodafone Group plc. He started his career as a management consultant before moving, in 1984, to Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco. He was a director of AirTouch from 1995 and was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 1999. Arun was then Vodafone's CEO for US and Asia Pacific region until Vodafone's U.S. interests were merged into Verizon Wireless. He subsequently became chief executive of InfoSpace and later of Accel-KKR Telecom, while serving as a non-executive director of Vodafone. He rejoined Vodafone as CEO in 2003 and in 2008, he announced his resignation after Vodafone achieved record earnings. Arun has also served as a director of The Gap, Inc., The Charles Schwab Corporation and Cisco Systems, Inc. in US, and has recently been appointed as a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England. Arun graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering and gained a MS in Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.