San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Evolution and Innovation in the Mobile Industry and the Leadership Imperative
Rewiring the world with mobile, social, and cloud based models
Former CEO - Vodafone Plc
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.
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Easton Technology Management Center
The mission of the Easton Technology Management Center is to develop leaders who shape technology’s future. Through innovative courses, creative workshops, high-profile events, and immersion in the most vital areas of high-tech business culture, Easton prepares the next generation to drive change in technology. By exploring verticals such as high-tech, financial services, health care, education, entertainment-media, retail and defense, students are prepared to work from startups to large global corporations.