Vodafone makes five appointments to lead CWW integration


Vodafone Global Enterprise chief executive Nick Jeffrey appointed to lead Cable & Wireless Worldwide, with Vodafone Germany Enterprise business unit director Jan Geldmacher succeeding him

Vodafone Group has made five appointments to lead the integration of Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) following the completion of the acquisition of fixed network provider.

Vodafone Global Enterprise chief executive Nick Jeffrey (pictured) has been appointed as CWW chief executive. He will join leadership teams of both Vodafone UK and Vodafone Group’s northern and central European region.

Jeffrey will be succeeded in his role at the operator by Vodafone Germany enterprise business unit director Jan Geldmacher. He joined the company in 2008 and is a former chief executive of BT Germany.

The integration of CWW’s commercial and back-office operations will be overseen by Jeffrey and Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence. The integration of CWW’s network and technology assets will be overseen by Vodafone Group chief technology officer Steve Pusey.

CWW’s current chief executive, Gavin Darby, will work with Jeffrey to ensure a smooth transition before leaving the business at the end of October, as will CWW chief financial officer Ian Gibson, acting chief technology officer Dave Broady and acting HR director Jane Little.

Vodafone Turkey chief financial officer Diego Galli has become CWW finance director, with Vodafone Group network services unit director John Thompson becoming its technology director.

Vodafone Netherlands HR director Francesco Bianco has been appointed as CWW HR director and Mark Allison – who currently leads the Vodafone Global enterprise commercial team – has been appointed integration director.

Vodafone Group chief executive Vittorio Colao said: “Nick is an excellent leader with a deep understanding of enterprise customers’ needs, a track record in value creation and familiarity with CWW’s business. Similarly, with his strong background in multinational client leadership, Jan will be well-placed to succeed Nick as CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise.

“I would also like to welcome Diego, John, Francesco and Mark to their new roles as we begin to integrate CWW into Vodafone, and express my thanks and best wishes for the future to Gavin, Ian, Dave and Jane.”