Vodafone is to initiate changes to its regional structure that reflect the growing importance of the Japanese market to the company. Vodafone’s interests in Japan, China and India will form the new Asia Region, headquartered in Tokyo.
Bill Keever, currently CEO of the Americas Region, will be CEO of the Asia Region. Tomas Isaksson, as new CEO of the Americas Region, will assume responsibility for the Group’s interests in the USA and Mexico and will continue to have overall responsibility for the Vodafone Global Platform and Internet Services activity.
We have made a significant investment in Japan through our subsidiaries, Japan Telecom and J-Phone, which now form a key part of the Group. The new structure reflects the importance of these businesses and will assist the integration process with other parts of the Group, said Julian Horn-Smith, Group COO at Vodafone, in a company statement.
The changes will be introduced with effect from 1 January 2002. Vodafone stressed that its operations in other regions would remain unchanged.