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Vodafone appoints Heineken chairman to board

Paul Lipscombe
May 22, 2020

Van Boxmeer spent 15 years as chairman at Heineken, and held several senior roles during his 36-year tenure

Vodafone Group has confirmed that Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer will replace outgoing chairman Gerard Kleisterlee. 

Van Boxmeer will join the board initially as a non executive director following the operators’ AGM on July 28. 

In a statement, Vodafone has said “it is the intention that he will succeed” from Kleisterlee on November 3 2020, the role of chairman. 

Van Boxmeer has been chairman of brewing company Heineken since 2005, and joined the Dutch business in 1984. 

He will vacate his role at Heineken in June, but will join Heineken Holding as a non-executive director. 

Kleisterlee will leave after spending nine years at Vodafone, joining in 2011 as chairman. 

Digital society 

Van Boxmeer said: “Vodafone has a unique role to play in enabling the digital society and the vital importance of technology and communications in our daily lives has been sharply brought into focus through recent events. 

“I am greatly looking forward to working with Nick and the executive team to drive forward Vodafone’s strategy, ensuring that we create significant value for all stakeholders.”

In a statement Vodafone CEO Nick Read revealed that Van Boxmeer has led a “highly successful period of transformation and value creation at Heineken”, while growing the business in both B2B and B2C. 

Kleisterlee added: “I am proud of what we have achieved during my nine years with Vodafone and of the team’s efforts to move us from a mobile-only operator to a leading position in converged communications and our clear focus on two scaled, differentiated platforms in Europe and Africa.”

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