Management

Governance

Vodafone Libertel B.V. is a Dutch private limited company, based in Maastricht. The shareholder of Vodafone Libertel B.V. is Vodafone International Holdings B.V. Vodafone is wholly owned (indirectly) by Vodafone Group Plc, a listed fund. As at 31 March 2013 Vodafone Netherlands had two subsidiaries: Vodafone Retail BV and Telespectrum. Telespectrum merged with Vodafone on 1 April 2013.

Vodafone Netherlands has a layered management model: a Board of Directors, consisting of the CEO and CFO (both of whom are directors under the Articles of Association) and seven members with the title of director, and a Supervisory Board comprising three members.

“Good management is essential to create value for all stakeholders. It is an ongoing process with an unchanging goal: to guarantee ethical and responsible management that keeps the interests of stakeholders in balance and enables us to fulfil our obligations.”
- Klaske de Jonge, Director of Corporate Affairs & Strategy

Get to know our management:

Rob Shuter

Chief Executive Officer

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Alexander Saul

Director of Enterprise Business Unit

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Bart Hofker

Director of Consumer Business Unit

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Mallik Rao

Chief Technology Officer

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Carla de Geyseleer

Chief Financial Officer

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Harry Odenhoven

Director of Commercial Operations

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Paul Vreeburg

Director of Vodafone Retail

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Adam Parsons

Director of Human Resources, Property & Internal Communications

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Klaske de Jonge

Director of Corporate Affairs & Strategy

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Rob Shuter

Chief Executive Officer

Bio

Rob Shuter has been CEO of Vodafone Netherlands since April 2012.

Rob started his career as an accountant with Deloitte in Johannesburg. He then moved into the banking sector, where he worked as head of investment banking at Standard Bank and head of retail banking at Nedbank, amongst other roles.

In 2008 Rob was presented with the ‘South Africa’s leading manager’ award by CRF. One year later, in 2009, he joined the Vodacom Group as financial director. In this role he was responsible for the areas of finance, risk management, business development, treasury, tax and internal auditing.

Rob lives in Johannesburg with his wife and three children. He is 44 years old. His hobbies include reading, travelling, poetry, the history of South Africa and Johannesburg, and music. Rob is a fanatical sportsman who enjoys running, canoeing and cycling. He has also participated in five ironman triathlons.

Alexander Saul

Director of Enterprise Business Unit

Bio

Alexander Saul has been Director of the Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone Netherlands since 1 April 2013.  Before this, from 2007, he was responsible for the national direct and indirect business distribution of Vodafone GmbH. From 1999 onwards, he worked in various management roles at Vodafone and between 2004 and 2007 headed up Vodafone Germany's Western region in Ratingen. Prior to taking up this position he was responsible for Vodafone shops and specialist retailers in his role as Director of Sales Control and Support. Alexander is a marathon and motor sport fan and has been employed in the telecommunications industry since 1997, initially for Deutsche Telekom. He studied at RWTH Aachen (Germany), the University of Limburg (the Netherlands) and Wharton University, Philadelphia (United States).

Bart Hofker

Director of Consumer Business Unit

Bio

Bart Hofker has been Director of the Consumer Business Unit at Vodafone Netherlands since March 2008. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and marketing communication activities for the consumer market.

Before joining Vodafone, Bart worked for energy company Nuon and in his last role was Commercial Director for the retail segment. Prior to this he was employed by KPN, where he took up various senior marketing management roles in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Bart studied Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Other positions:

  • Member of the Advertising Code Committee
  • Lecturer/examiner for the Advertising and Marketing Training Foundation

Mallik Rao

Chief Technology Officer

Bio

Mallik Rao has been Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone Netherlands since April 2012. Before taking up this role he was employed as CTO of Aircel in India, where he successfully set up a 2G & 3G network with 60 million users.

Mallik subsequently moved with his family to the Netherlands. He is currently working on a number of initiatives within Vodafone Netherlands, ranging from the IT landscape through to Long Term Evolution plans. His focus is on achieving speed, convenience and cost optimisation in response to the competitive Dutch market.

Mallik is an engineer with 18 years of experience in the area of technology at providers such as Ericsson, Nortel and multi-service providers. He has a degree in Electronics and Communication.

Carla De Geyseleer

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Carla de Geyseleer has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Vodafone Netherlands since May 2012. She is responsible for all the financial strategy, controlling, planning, reporting and operational processes within the company. From April 2010 Carla was employed as Director of Financial Controlling at Vodafone Germany.

Before joining Vodafone, she could already look back on a long international career with logistics services provider DHL Express, where she spent her last three years in the role of CFO.

Carla started her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young in Brussels. She has a solid academic background, including a university degree in economic and financial sciences and an EMBA from the IMD Business School in Switzerland.

Other positions:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Macintosh Retail Group

Harry Odenhoven

Director of Commercial Operations

Bio

Harry has been Director of Commercial Operations at Vodafone Netherlands since April 2012. In this new role he is responsible for providing the best possible service to our customers via all channels (call centre, bills, digital, mobile and social) and taking care of innovation and product delivery.

Harry (born in 1962) has a Master's in industrial design from Delft Technical University and has enjoyed an international career that has seen him work in a variety of roles on the mobile technology and internet market. He has extensive international experience in the areas of marketing, sales and business development at a senior management level at KPN Mobiel in the Netherlands, Telkomsel Indonesia, Peoples Phone in Hong Kong, Spotcast in Asia and London, Vizzavi, Vodafone in the Netherlands and the Vodafone Group in the United Kingdom.

In the three years prior to taking up his current post Harry held the position of Group Director Online and in this role was responsible for rolling out a global Online Acceleration programme.

Paul Vreeburg

Director of Vodafone Retail

Bio

As Director of Vodafone Retail, Paul Vreeburg has been responsible for all of Vodafone's Retail activities in the Netherlands, including BelCompany and Vodafone shops, since January 2012.

He previously spent four years as managing director of BelCompany, before it became part of Vodafone. Prior to this Paul was employed at KPN, where he held roles including marketing director of KPN Mobiel and marketing director of Residential.

He started his career at Philips. Paul is a Registered Marketer, holds the Nima-C diploma and studied Commercial Economics at the Higher School of Economics in The Hague.

Other positions:

  • Lecturer/examiner for the Advertising and Marketing Training Foundation

Adam Parsons

Director of Human Resources, Property & Internal Communications

Bio

Adam Parsons has been Director of Human Resources, Property & Internal Communication at Vodafone Netherlands since September 2012. He joined the Vodafone Group in 2007 as the Head of Global Reward Strategy. In this role Adam was responsible for remuneration policy and operations.

Adam's passion has always been within the field of HR. He started out as an HR consultant with Mercer Human Resourcing, before moving to KPMG in 2003. There he advised various FTSE and public sector companies on HR matters.

Adam now lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two daughters. He is 35 years old. His hobbies include running, reading, cooking and travelling. Adam has a law degree from the University of Birmingham and a Master's in Personnel and Development from Westminster Business School.

Klaske de Jonge

Director of Corporate Affairs & Strategy

Bio

Klaske de Jonge became Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone Netherlands in January 2010. This role changed to Director of Corporate Affairs & Strategy in April 2012.

Before joining Vodafone, Klaske was employed in the role of Vice President Corporate Affairs Europe at Mars. Prior to this she spent eight years as director at the Dutch consumer organisation Consumentenbond and four years as a marketing manager at TNT/TPG Post, amongst other roles, following an international career at Numico in the US and UK.

Klaske has completed various university courses, including a Master's in Business Administration in Rotterdam, a Master's in Political Sciences in Leiden, a postgraduate qualification in Communication and Media Strategy in Groningen and also holds a postgraduate qualification from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California.

Other positions:

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Maag Lever Darm Stichting [Foundation for Stomach, Liver and Intestinal Diseases]
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Heart Foundation

Changes to the Board of Directors of Vodafone Netherlands in the 2012/2013 financial year:

  • Members leaving the Board of Directors:
    • Philip Lacor, Enterprise Market Director, was appointed as Enterprise Business Unit Director of Vodafone Germany with effect from 1 April 2013
    • Francesco Bianco, HR Director, was appointed as HR Director of Cable&Wireless Worldwide, which was acquired by the Vodafone Group
    • Amanda Nelson, CFO, was appointed as Head of Postpaid Marketing with effect from 1 May 2013
  • Members appointed to the Board of Directors:
    • Rob Shuter has been CEO since 1 April 2012
    • Carla de Geyseleer has been CFO since 1 May 2012
    • Adam Parsons has been Director of HR, Property & Internal Communication since 1 October 2012
    • Mallik Rao has been Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since 1 April 2012
    • Harry Odenhoven has been Director of Commercial Operations since 1 April 2012
    • Paul Vreeburg has been Retail Director since 1 April 2012
    • Alexander Saul has been Enterprise Market Director since 1 April 2013

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board offers advice to and supervises the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors informs the Supervisory Board about strategic policy, finances and relevant developments twice a year. Before any major changes are undertaken that affect the company's identity the Board of Directors must obtain the Supervisory Board's approval. The financial statements have to be approved by all members of the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board meets at least twice a year. During the 2012/2013 financial year the meetings of the Supervisory Board were held on 2 November 2012 and 30 January 2013. The Supervisory Board assessed various aspects relating to the results, strategies and management of Vodafone Netherlands, such as the claim submitted by Vodafone for reimbursement of the damage resulting from the disruption caused by the fire in Rotterdam on 4 April 2012. The aspects assessed also included the six-monthly financial performance, the Vodafone Netherlands strategy and the reorganisation of Vodafone Libertel BV and Vodafone Retail BV. Two resolutions were passed outside meetings.

Vodafone Netherlands is keen to ensure that the composition of the Supervisory Board is in keeping with Vodafone's profile and strategy and is a good reflection of the society and market in which Vodafone Netherlands operates. Since 2013 one of the three members of the Vodafone Netherlands Supervisory Board has been a woman. Mr T.J. Harrabin left the Supervisory Board on 1 November 2012 and was succeeded by Ms L. Solomon on 12 March 2013.

Get to know our Supervisory Board

Erik de Rijk

Managing Director of Vodafone International Holdings B.V.

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Ronald Schellekens

Vodafone Group HR Director
 

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Liliana Solomon

CFO of the Northern and Central/Eastern Europe region at Vodafone Plc.

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Erik de Rijk

Managing Director of Vodafone International Holdings B.V. and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vodafone Netherlands since 22 March 2007. Before joining Vodafone Erik worked at AirTouch Communications, Tetra Laval, Loeff Claeys Verbeke and Deloitte. Erik studied Dutch and Tax Law in Leiden and also studied at the Baylor University School of Law.

Ronald Schellekens

Vodafone Group HR Director, has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Vodafone Netherlands since 15 January 2010. He was nominated on the recommendation of the Vodafone Netherlands Works Council. Before joining Vodafone Ronald worked at Shell, PepsiCo and AT&T. Ronald Schellekens studied at the TiasNimbas Business School and Harvard Business School.

Liliana Solomon

CFO of the Northern and Central/Eastern Europe region at Vodafone Plc, has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Vodafone Netherlands since 12 March 2013. She replaced Tim Harrabin. Liliana has been working for Vodafone since 2005, initially as CEO of Vodafone Romania and since 2010 as regional director of operations at Vodafone Plc. Before joining Vodafone Liliana worked at Cable & Wireless Plc, T-Mobile UK and Deutsche Telekom AG. She has a degree in physics (University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and also studied at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

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