Vodafone has announced that its European chief executive Michel Combes (pictured) and group chief technology officer Stephen Pusey will join its board on June 1.
Combes, 47, joined Vodafone in October 2008. He began his career at France Telecom in 1986 in the External Networks Division, following which he joined the Industrial and International Affairs Division.
He became technical adviser to the Minister of Transportation in 1991 before serving as chairman and chief executive of Globecast from 1995 to 1999, when he became executive vice-president of Nouvelles Frontieres Group.
From 2001 to 2003 he was the chief executive officer of Assystem-Brime and in 2003 he returned to France Telecom as senior vice-president of Group Finance and chief financial officer. From 2006 to 2008 he was chairman and chief Executive of TDF Group.
Pusey, also 47, joined Vodafone in September 2006. He is responsible for all aspects of Vodafone’s networks, IT capability, research and development and supply chain management. Before joining Vodafone he held the positions of executive vice president and president for Nortel EMEA, having joined Nortel in 1982. Prior to Nortel, Pusey spent several years with British Telecom.
Vodafone chairman Sir John Bond said: “I am delighted to welcome Michel Combes and Steve Pusey to the Board of the Company. Their deep knowledge of the telecommunications industry and their significant international experience will be very helpful to the Board and I know all of my colleagues are looking forward to their contribution. Their appointments will help ensure that there is a good balance on the Board of both executive and non-executive directors.”