Colao, Vittorio - from Italy

ID: 235414
Organization: ERT
Country of meeting: in the year 2018

Businessman & former chief executive officer at Vodafone Group. He started his career at investment bank Morgan Stanley in London. He joined the Milan office of McKinsey & Co in 1986, where as a Partner he worked on media, telecommunications and industrial goods sectors and was responsible for office recruitment.

In 1996 he joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, rising to chief operating officer before its take over to become Vodafone Italy. He became regional CEO, Southern Europe in 2001 and joined the main board in 2002. After missing out on the CEO's job, taken by his friend Arun Sarin, and having a purchase of a Bulgarian mobile company blocked, he left Vodafone for Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup, where he became CEO in July 2004.

In 2015, he was appointed as a non-executive director of Unilever. In May 2018, he announced that he would step down as Vodafone CEO effective October 2018, and will be succeeded by the finance director Nick Read.

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