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Vodafone promotes Ahmed Essam to head European markets

Vodafone Egypt Chief Executive Ahmed Essam has been appointed as Chief Executive overseeing other European markets (Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Romania as well as Vodafone’s interest in the proposed Netherlands joint venture) at Group Executive-level.

He takes over the position on the Group Executive Committee from Rob Shuter, the CEO of Vodafone Netherlands who is leaving the group to join MTN. Essam will be succeeded as Vodafone Egypt CEO by Stefano Gestaut, the chief executive of Vodafone’s Partner Markets business.

A map showing the countries where Vodafone Global Enterprise has operations (coloured in red)
A map showing the countries where Vodafone Global Enterprise has operations (coloured in red)

On the 1st of July 2014, Ahmed Essam has been appointed as Vodafone Egypt CEO. Before that, Ahmed was responsible for Vodafone Commercial operations in the Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region.

Ahmed had joined Vodafone Egypt in 1999 and spent the following years gaining experience in the fields of Financial Planning, then being the Customer Care Director and Consumer Business Director, for Vodafone Egypt, before moving to Group in 2012 as Commercial Director for AMAP to lead the delivery of Group Commercial’s priorities across the AMAP region, one of the most important regions for Vodafone Group.

Ahmed had graduated from Cairo University with an Honors Degree in Systems and Biomedical Engineering and he also holds an MBA and Management Diploma from Henley Management College, UK. Ahmed likes a wide variety of music, along with Motorcycles.

About Vodafone Group
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 56 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2016, Vodafone had 462 million mobile customers and 13.4 million fixed broadband customers.

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