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Evolution and Innovation in the Mobile Industry - Arun Sarin, Former CEO - Vodafone
Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Korn Convocation Hall  

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Evolution and Innovation in the Mobile Industry and the Leadership Imperative

--Re-wiring the World with Mobile, Social, and Cloud Based Models

Arun Sarin
Former CEO, Vodafone 

Before his retirement in July 2008, Arun served as Chief Executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world’s largest mobile phone company by revenue.  In his five years as CEO, Vodafone returned capital of approximately £34 billion to shareholders including dividends, one-off returns and buy backs.

Arun’s telecom career began in 1984 at Pacific Telesis Group (PTG) where he pioneered the expansion of the mobile communications industry by acquiring numerous domestic and international cellular licenses. He held several senior roles at PTG over the next decade. In 1994, he led the review and recommendation for the spin off of the wireless businesses from PTG which became AirTouch Communications. Subsequently, he was appointed President and COO of AirTouch in 1997.

He has served on numerous Boards including The Gap and the Court of the Bank of England.  He is currently a non-executive director of Charles Schwab Corporation, Cisco and Safeway, Inc.  Arun is a senior advisor to KKR, a global private equity group.   In 2010 he received an Honorary Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.  Arun has a degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a MS in Engineering and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.