Vodafone plans to restructure of Middle East and Africa operations

Vodafone will split its Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMAPA) regional operation into two separate units, as newly installed group chief executive Vittorio Colao sets about overhauling the structure of the UK-based operator.

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By  George Bevir Published  September 10, 2008

Vodafone will split its Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMAPA) regional operation into two separate units, as newly installed group chief executive Vittorio Colao sets about overhauling the structure of the UK-based operator.

A spokesman for Vodafone said that the Middle East, Africa and central Europe will be grouped into one region, and the other will be comprised of Asia and the Pacific, along with Turkey. The restructure will be effective from January 1, 2009.

“If we look at the two regions, they’ve got different priorities,” the spokesperson said. “Asia is starting to open up, and a lot of the work will be building up relationships with governments and other agencies.

“Africa is more developed, and the Middle East is more in-line with our Africa strategy. They are big regions in their own right.”

When the EMAPA region is split, two new CEOs will take charge of operations. The region is currently under the stewardship of CEO Paul Donavon, who has resigned from the company and will leave in January next year.

More information regarding the division of the regional operations is expected when Vodafone announces its half yearly results in November.

Last month, Vodafone completed the acquisition of a 70% stake in Ghana telecom. It expects to start operations as Qatar’s second mobile operator in March next year.

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