Vodafone Idea elevates Abhijit Kishore to COO

Telecommunications operator Vodafone Idea announced on Friday the appointment of Abhijit Kishore as chief operating officer.

He will succeed Ambrish Jain, who will retire at the end of this month.

“After a long and glorious stint of 20 years, Ambrish Jain, Chief Operating Officer, will retire from Vodafone Idea at the end of October 2021.

“Ambrish started his career over 40 years ago. It has been part of the telecommunications industry in India since the mid-90s when the first licenses were issued,” Vodafone Idea (VIL) said in a communicated.

Jain took over the operations management of VIL after the merger of Vodafone India with Idea Cellular. He was part of the Idea Cellular management team.

“We are pleased to announce that Abhijit Kishore, currently Chief Enterprise Business Officer, will take over as Chief Operating Officer effective November 1,” added VIL.

Kishore joined the company in March 2015. He has held leadership positions in consumer operations and corporate segments.

VIL also said that its current head of cluster activities for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Arvind Nevatia, will take over as the company’s commercial director from November 1.

“Ambrish has had a significant impact not only on the evolution of the business, but also on the Indian telecommunications industry. We thank him for his contribution.

“Vi has great depth in his management talent pool and practices the philosophy of providing career growth opportunities to our internal talents. I congratulate Abhijit and Arvind as they move into their new roles,” said the Managing Director and CEO of VIL, Ravinder Takkar.

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