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That Was Fast: Former T-Mobile USA CEO Joins Vodafone

by Todd Haselton | June 28, 2012June 28, 2012 6:30 am PDT

Yesterday, T-Mobile USA announced that its CEO Philipp Humm had resigned. Today, Vodafone announced that Humm will serve as the company’s chief executive of its northern and central European operations. Talk about a quick turnaround. “Vodafone is a powerful brand with a strong focus on the customer coupled with a clear strategy for growth,” Humm said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the team.” Vodafone competes with Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA. Humm said yesterday that he was leaving the company to return to his family, which he had left behind in Europe since joining T-Mobile in 2010.


Vodafone Group Establishes Northern & Central Europe And Southern Europe Regions

28 June 2012

Vodafone Group today announced the establishment of two new operating regions, Northern & Central Europe and Southern Europe, together with the appointment of Philipp Humm as Chief Executive, Northern & Central Europe and Paolo Bertoluzzo as Chief Executive, Southern Europe.

The Northern & Central Europe region comprises:

  • Germany;
  • the UK;
  • the Netherlands;
  • Turkey;
  • Ireland;
  • Hungary;
  • the Czech Republic; and
  • Romania.

Philipp Humm has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive for the new region, effective 1 October 2012. He joins Vodafone Group from T-Mobile USA, where he has served as President and CEO since 2010. He was previously the Chief Regional Officer, Europe and a member of the Executive Committee of T-Mobile International and CEO and Chief Sales Officer for T-Mobile Germany. A former Managing Director and European Vice President of Amazon Germany and France, Philipp Humm began his career at Procter & Gamble and has previously worked for McKinsey and the German grocery retailer Tengelmann.

Philipp Humm said: “Vodafone is a powerful brand with a strong focus on the customer coupled with a clear strategy for growth. I look forward to joining the team.”

The Southern Europe region comprises:

  • Italy;
  • Spain;
  • Portugal;
  • Greece;
  • Albania; and
  • Malta.

Paolo Bertoluzzo has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive for the new region, effective 1 August 2012. He will also continue in his role as Chief Executive of Vodafone Italy. Paolo Bertoluzzo joined Vodafone in 1999 and was appointed Chief Executive of Vodafone Italy in 2008. Under his tenure, Vodafone Italy has achieved market share leadership in both service revenue and EBITDA as well as leadership in Net Promoter Score across all market segments.

Paolo Bertoluzzo said: “I welcome the opportunity to lead such an important part of Vodafone Group’s global portfolio through this challenging period.”

Both Philipp Humm and Paolo Bertoluzzo will join the Vodafone Group Executive Committee once their respective appointments take effect.

Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said: “Our new regional structure will underpin our strategy focused on meeting our customers’ long-term needs, and Paolo and Philipp will be strong additions to the Vodafone Group Executive Committee.”


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...