Analjit Singh, a leading industry figure in India, has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India. Singh is Founder and Chairman of Max India Ltd as well as its subsidiaries such as Max New York Life Insurance Company Ltd, Max Healthcare Institute Ltd and Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Ltd.
The appointment is effective from February 16, 2012, following formal approval from the Board of Vodafone India.
Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive of Vodafone Group, said, “Analjit has been a longstanding, reliable and trustworthy partner in India.”
Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone’s Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region, added here, “I am delighted to announce Analjit’s appointment as Chairman of Vodafone’s operations in India. Analjit brings a wealth of business experience and is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs. He knows our business well, having been the Founder and Chairman of Max Telecom, the business which has grown to become Vodafone India with nearly 150 million customers.”
Singh commented, “It is a great honour to become Chairman of Vodafone India, a company I have been involved with since its inception. The business has performed strongly in the market under Vodafone’s stewardship and I look forward to working with Vodafone India CEO Marten Pieters and his team as the company continues to compete strongly in the fast-growing mobile market.”
Singh was the former non-executive Chairman of Indus Towers, India’s leading shared telecom infrastructure services company. He is a Director on the board of several Indian companies such as Tata Global Beverages, Hero MotoCorp and Dabur. He has recently been awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India for his contribution towards building India Inc. Singh is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Joint Indo-US CEOs Forum.