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In recognition of his notable contributions as a corporate leader in the Indian telecommunication industry, Sunil Sood, MD & CEO – Vodafone India has been named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM, CALCUTTA). The award was recently presented to Sunil Sood at a gala function at IIM Calcutta in Kolkata.Sunil is an IIM Alumnus who graduated from IIM Calcutta in the year 1984. 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honour of the management institute for its alumni and has been awarded to Sunil acknowledging his corporate leadership and accomplishments.

Sunil has been associated with Vodafone India for the past 15 years in different capacities and has played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as not only one of the largest players in the Indian telecom industry, but also the most loved and admired brand. During his tenure, Vodafone India revenues have grown exponentially from Rs 400 crores to Rs 42,000 crores and today is the second largest MNC in the country. Serving over 188mn customers, Vodafone India is playing a pivotal role in supporting the vision of Digital India and Financial Inclusion.

The success of Vodafone India in terms of the revenues, large subscriber base, expanded network coverage, innovative products and enhanced customer experience can be attributed to a large extent to the services and process improvements brought about by Sunil. In addition,  to his responsibilities at Vodafone, he is also serving as a Director on the board of Indus Towers, the world’s largest telecom tower company, besides being a member of several reputed industry policy forums such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and COAI.

Committed to the cause of “good for society is good for business”, Sunil has ensured Vodafone becomes a value based organisation where giving and sustainability is part of the culture. He conceptualized ‘Project Drishti’, an award winning initiative in which visually impaired people are given training in Braille and employed as telesales agents so that they can become financially independent. He was also instrumental in leading Vodafone India to partner with the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and launch the world’s largest vaccination reminder free of cost SMS service for its flagship programme ‘Immunize India’ to reduce infant and child mortality rate in India.

Speaking on the occasion Sunil Sood, MD and CEO, Vodafone India said: “I am humbled and delighted to receive this award. It is a big honour and will always be close to my heart since it comes from my own alma mater. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my mentors, colleagues and team members who have been part of this journey and this award is a recognition of their contribution over the years.”

About Vodafone India

Vodafone India is a fully owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc., which is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Making its entry into India in 2007, Vodafone today has built an ever growing, robust business in highly price sensitive and competitive market. Serving over 188 million customers, Vodafone provides innovative, customer friendly and differentiated products and services through a wide scale distribution and exclusive retail footprint – backed up with a modern, technologically advanced network for both voice and data. With 9,880 branded retail stores, covering over 1.56 million sq.ft. and attracting more than 115million footfalls annually, Vodafone India is now amongst the largest retailers in the country actively engaged in the holistic development of India’s rapidly growing retail sector.

Vodafone Business Services, the enterprise arm of Vodafone, provides total telecommunications solutions across both mobility and wireline platforms and enables Global Enterprises, National Corporates, SME’s and Government segments to communicate, collaborate and connect.  With the advantage of its global expertise and knowledge of local markets, Vodafone India is well poised to significantly expand the Government’s capacity to deliver benefits and outcomes for citizens, governments and businesses. Vodafone endeavours to be a steadfast partner in the Government’s efforts towards Digital India.

Vodafone India provides customers with a new currency in the form of M-Pesa – the world renowned mobile wallet and money transfer service, which was ranked Number one in Fortune’s ‘Change The World’ list of technology initiatives influencing lives. Vodafone M-Pesa is an innovative, safe and secure mobile wallet that enables complete suite of services like money transfer, bill payments, and recharge on the move from the mobile. It caters to all segments of the society, from the unbanked to the under banked and to the net-savvy and evolved customers. Today, with a pan-India distribution of over 97,000 agents and around 4 million customers, Vodafone M-Pesa is the largest banking correspondent in the country and is playing a vital role in enabling financial inclusion and m-commerce. The in-principle payment bank licence by RBI acts as an impetus and will enable Vodafone M-Pesa to build on this further and offer a more comprehensive portfolio of banking and financial products and services, accelerating India’s journey into a cashless economy.

A value based organization; Vodafone is committed to achieving the highest standards of Health, Safety and Well-being for its employees and business partners. As a responsible corporate, Vodafone India has been working with several partners from the social sector to address some of India’s most pressing challenges over the years. Sustainability for us is an on-going journey as we firmly believe that what is good for the society is good for business.  The Vodafone Foundation too is actively engaged in CSR by harnessing the potential of mobile services and technology to maximize impact within communities, especially in the domains of m-Women, m-Agriculture, m-Education and Disaster Relief.

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 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers.

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