Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) today announced that Delphine Ernotte Cunci and Simon Segars will be appointed as non-executive directors following the Company’s Annual General Meeting on 26 July 2022, subject to shareholder approval.
Vodafone’s Chairman, Jean-Francois van Boxmeer said: “I am delighted to welcome Delphine and Simon to Vodafone’s Board. They are well-respected leaders who bring extensive experience and track records of value creation across the telecoms, technology and media sectors. I look forward to Delphine and Simon’s valuable contribution as the Board and management team work closely together to drive the execution of Vodafone’s strategy, to achieve our commercial and portfolio priorities and deliver long-term value for shareholders.”
Delphine Ernotte Cunci
Delphine has considerable experience in the telecoms sector and, more recently, in media and technology. Since 2015, Delphine has been President of France Télévisions, the French national public television broadcaster. Her mandate was extended in 2020, the first time this has happened to an incumbent President. Prior to that, Delphine spent 26 years at Orange, where she became Deputy CEO in 2010 and led the successful turnaround of Orange France.
Delphine’s non-executive roles include President of the European Broadcast Union and she is on the board of Suez. She has been a non-executive director of Suez since 2012, where she chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, and will step down from this role in the coming weeks as a result of the merger with Veolia. Delphine is also Chair of CentraleSupélec, the top French graduate engineering school, and Chair of the public cultural centre Le CentQuatre-Paris.
Simon brings significant experience and insights on technology trends and how these are reshaping industry landscapes. He has just stepped down as CEO of Arm, the global leader in the development of semiconductor intellectual property. He successfully led the business since 2013 and generated significant value for investors during his tenure. Arm’s processor technology is the world’s most widely licensed and is used in virtually all smartphones and the majority of tablets and digital TVs. Simon joined Arm in 1991 as an engineer and worked on some of the company’s early microprocessor designs. He subsequently held various leadership roles, including as a General Manager and heading Worldwide Sales, before becoming President and then CEO. Prior to joining Arm, he was an engineer at Standard Telephones and Cables, the former FTSE 100 technology company.
Simon is currently a non-executive director of Dolby Laboratories, the American audiovisual technology business, and he is also Chair of the Global Semiconductor Alliance. During 2017-2021, he was a Board member of the SoftBank Group.
Pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13R, it is confirmed there are no other disclosures required in addition to the above information.
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