Vodafone appoints Van Boxmeer as chairman


The world’s second-biggest mobile operator, Vodafone said it has appointed Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer to succeed Gerard Kleisterlee as chairman from November this year.

Mr. Van Boxmeer is the current CEO of global brewering giant Heineken N.V.

The British telecom giant said Van Boxmeer, a Belgian, will join as a non-executive director on July 28.

He has been Heineken’s CEO since 2005, presiding over a nearly threefold increase in its share price through a combination of strategic transactions and organic growth. He will hand over the role to Asia-Pacific chief, Dolf van den Brink, in June.

Van Boxmeer “is a very experienced businessman, with an in-depth knowledge of our geographic regions and he brings very strong sales and customer focus,” said Kleisterlee, who has been Vodafone’s chairman for nine years.

“I am greatly looking forward to working with (CEO) Nick (Read) and the executive team to drive forward Vodafone’s strategy, ensuring that we create significant value for all stakeholders,” Van Boxmeer said.

According to data compiled by Reuters News, earlier this month Vodafone reported a 2.6% rise in full-year core earnings and maintained its dividend, bucking a corporate trend to cut or scrap payouts due to the coronavirus crisis.

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