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Ahead of Idea merger, Vodafone appoints first Indian CFO in Manish Dawar

This is the first prominent appointment done by either of the two companies

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


Ahead of its merger with Cellular that is expected to be closed sometime next year, India today announced appointment of as the chief financial officer, who is likely to continue in the same role at the merged entity as well.

Dawar is the first Indian to become the CFO of the local arm of the British telecom giant, which entered the country in February 2007 by buying out Hong Kong's Hutchison.

As part of the merger agreement reached between the two in March, chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla will the chairman of the merged entity while the CFO will be a nominee.

All other key executives are to be appointed on a merit basis.

This is the first prominent appointment done by either of the two companies, the country's second and third largest telcos respectively, since they announced a plan to merge after Reliance Jio's entry wrecked the market.

Dawar joins from January 1 from Den Networks, where he held a similar and replaces Thomas Reisten, who goes back to parent Vodafone after a four-year stint, a Vodafone statement said.

Akshaya Moondra is the CFO at now.

A confirmation on whether Dawar will take over as the CFO of the merged entity wasn't immediately available.

Dawar will be the first Indian national to take charge as the CFO of the British telecom giant, which is led by Sunil Sood in India.

He will be based in Mumbai and will report to Sood, Vodafone statement said.

Recently, Sood had told PTI that he expected the last set of regulatory approvals-- from the NCLT and DoT to come in December. The merger proposal has received all other approvals such as those from the Competition Commission, market Sebi (as is a listed entity) and others.

The are awaiting approvals from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and that the NCLT would begin hearing the merger deal from the second week of December.

"Most of the approvals for the merger are already in place. We are now awaiting approvals from NCLT and DoT," Sood had said, adding okay from the DoT is a technical thing and not time consuming.

Post-merger, the combined entity will be become the largest telco both in terms of revenue market share as well as in terms of customers with close to 400 million. The combined entity will be worth over USD 23 billion with a 35 per cent revenue market share.

The deal gives Vodafone India an implied enterprise value of Rs 82,800 crore and Idea Rs 72,200 crore.

First Published: Fri, December 15 2017. 23:16 IST