Balesh Sharma, the Vodacom South Africa MD, set to leave telco by end of June




Balesh Sharma, the Vodacom South Africa MD, has notified the telco, the Vodafone and the Vodacom Group, that after a two-decades long career with the group, he’s decided to leave and pursue an external opportunity in Europe, with effect from June 30, 2022.

Commenting on the development, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said: “I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to Balesh for his invaluable contribution in the establishment of Vodacom South Africa. During this time, he led the improvements in market share, net promoter scores, network, churn improvement, TOBI, Vodacom Business performance and also drove the winning back of data market share. Balesh was a strong support for various critical Vodacom projects such as the recent spectrum auction, which saw Vodacom successfully acquire a total of 110 MHz high demand spectrum. We wish Balesh the very best for the next chapter of his career and will announce his successor in due course.”

(TOP: Balesh Sharma, the outgoing MD, Vodacom South Africa).

Prior to his tenure as Vodacom South Africa MD, Balesh worked with the Vodafone Group in India from March 2003 where he held various senior leadership roles before moving to international assignments as CEO Vodafone Malta and then CEO Vodafone Czech Republic, driving successful turnarounds in both roles. He returned to India to help the company fight one of the industry’s most competitive environments. In his capacity as the founding CEO of Vodafone Idea, Balesh managed the integration of Vodafone and Idea, delivering substantial synergies within the first-year post merger, and successfully completing a rights issue of $3.5 Billion for the merged entity.

On his part, the Vodacom South Africa MD, Balesh Sharma, says: “This is the end of a momentous chapter in my career and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my Vodafone and Vodacom families for the extraordinary opportunities afforded to me over the last twenty years. It has been wonderful to be part of a purpose-led organisation which has allowed me to work all over the world and to forge friendships with so many diverse communities and people.”

Balesh is an alumni of the Harvard Business School and Mayo College, and holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Engineering College, Kota and an MBA from Podar Institute of Management in Jaipur, India.

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