India's Vodafone Idea has appointed Ravinder Takkar, currently Vodafone Group’s representative in India, as the new MD and CEO, taking over from Balesh Sharma who will be taking up a new role with Vodafone Group.
Balesh has been the CEO of Vodafone Idea since the completion of the merger, and prior to that was COO of Vodafone India. He has overseen the successful integration of Vodafone Idea – resulting in the estimated timescale to complete the integration falling from four to just two years.
Ravinder Takkar, an experienced global executive, is currently a Board member of Vodafone Idea and Indus Towers, where he is responsible for all Vodafone Group interests in India, a role which he took on in 2017. Prior to his current role, Ravinder was the CEO of Vodafone Romania for three years and CEO of Vodafone Partner Markets in London.
He has been with Vodafone Group since 1994 and brings a wealth of experience in telecom industry having worked in several leadership positions across Vodafone’s operating companies over the last 25 years.