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Arun SarinArun Sarin (Hindi:???? ????) (born October 21, 1954, in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India) is the CEO of the world's biggest mobile phone company (by revenue), Britain's Vodafone Group plc. He is originally from India, has United States citizenship, and is presently based in the United Kingdom.
Sarin graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. In 1978 he gained a MS in Engineering and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this he did his schooling from Military School Bangalore, Bangalore. He excelled in studies, sports and co curricular activities. He was known for his sharp intelligence and good sporting skills especially in hockey and boxing in school. He started his career as a management consultant before moving, in 1984, to Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco. He was a director of AirTouch from July 1995 and was President and Chief Operating Officer from February 1997 to June 1999. He was then Vodafone's Chief Executive Officer for the United States and Asia Pacific region until 15 April 2000, when Vodafone's U.S. interests were merged into Verizon Wireless. He subsequently became chief executive of InfoSpace from 2000 to 2001, and of Accel-KKR Telecom based in San Francisco from 2001 to 2003, while serving as a non-executive director of Vodafone. He rejoined Vodafone as Chief Executive Designate on 1 April 2003 and was appointed on a permanent basis after the Company's annual general meeting on 30 July 2003.
He writes a monthly note to all Vodafone staff, known as "Arun's Corner". This always ends with Arun's favoured epithet "Go Vodafone!"
He has since focused on emerging markets such as India, instead of developed markets such as Japan and others. Under his leadership, Vodafone successfully bid U$11.1 billion for 67% stake in the Indian mobile operator, Hutch. Now rebranded as Vodafone, Sarin wants to bring it from the operator in India
Sarin has also served as a director of The Gap, Inc., The Charles Schwab Corporation and Cisco Systems, Inc. in the United States, and has recently been appointed as a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England. He recently purchased a large estate in Piedmont, CA.
Sarin is married to Rummi Anand Sarin with two children.
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