Ian Campbell has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Airtel-Vodafone for the Channel Islands.
It is the first time that the company – a partnership between two of the world’s leading telecoms companies – has appointed a Channel Islander to the position.
Mr Campbell joined Airtel-Vodafone five years ago as vice-president and head of sales, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October of last year. He has now been promoted to CEO, succeeding Vinod Sud.
He said: ‘Until now Airtel-Vodafone has appointed CEOs from their headquarters, so it is a great honour to have been appointed. I think it demonstrates the trust that both companies have in the quality of staff here in the Channel Islands.
‘I recently visited Airtel’s headquarters in India and saw how technologically advanced they are. India has gone through a technological revolution in the last 15 years, and today they are not only looking at how to improve the quality and value of mobile services, but also at 5G technology. The Channel Islands are getting 4G next year, and Airtel are thinking about what the technology beyond that will enable us to do; it is very exciting.’
Before joining Airtel-Vodafone, Mr Campbell spent five years as director of sales at Cable & Wireless Guernsey, and was operations director with 2e2 from 1995 to 2003.
‘I have been involved in the Channel Islands’ technology industry all my working life, and in my new role I will be ensuring that Airtel-Vodafone continue to bring value and innovation to the Channel Islands,’ he said.
Mr Campbell lives in Guernsey with his wife Kirstin and enjoys boating in his spare time.