Vodafone restructures Asia-Pacific ops

Vodafone is merging its Asia Region and Pacific operations to form a new entity, Vodafone Asia Pacific which, as of January 1, 2003, will oversee operations in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and its investments in China, Fiji and India.

Vodafone Asia Pacific will account for about 23 per cent of Vodafone Group Plc's operations and will be one of five regional groupings of operating companies, according to a statement from the telco.

Vodafone's current Australian managing director Grahame Maher will report to Brian Clark, who will head up Vodafone Asia Pacific as CEO from January 1.

Currently CEO of Vodafone Pacific, Clark will be based in Tokyo and will report to Julian Horn-Smith, group chief operating officer, Vodafone Group Plc.

Bill Keever, who is CEO of Vodafone Asia Region, will retire after 37 years with AirTouch and Vodafone.

Maher said the formation of Vodafone Asia Pacific will have no direct impact on the structure of the Australian business.

Clark said the change was positive news for Vodafone's staff, customers and business partners.

"Vodafone Asia Pacific will be the mobile and data leader in the region, with a proportionate base of more than 16.2 million customers," Clark said.

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