Mobile telecommunication company appoints acting CEO

Acting Vodafone CEO, Ronald Prasad having discussions with Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya after the launch of the Viti Kart App at the Vodafone head quarters in Tamavua, Suva on Wednesday, August 05, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Vodafone Fiji has appointed Ronald Prasad as the acting CEO as regional CEO Pradeep Lal of Vodafone Fiji is pursuing his responsibility on a full-time basis.

According to a statement from the company, a lot more focus was required to drive key strategic initiatives to achieve greater collaboration and synergy among the group’s companies as ATH Group in the Pacific region was expanding with six markets under the management of Vodafone Fiji.

Mr Lal was appointed regional CEO in 2017 and has been undertaking his regional responsibilities along with providing executive leadership to Vodafone Fiji.

Board chairman, Ajith Kodagoda said, “Pradeep has been instrumental in achieving significant milestones for the group and we look forward to Pradeep’s leadership in undertaking initiatives, adding value to both our shareholders and our customers.”

Mr Prasad has previously held chief commercial and operating officer positions, according to Vodafone Fiji, having worked in both the public and private sectors.

He had over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications and ICT industry as well as being instrumental in the transformation journey to position Vodafone as a trusted and respected ICT solutions provider, stated the company.

“I am delighted to have someone of Ronald’s calibre to lead Vodafone Fiji.

“He is an experienced telco professional with a strong business and customer focus.

“We believe Ronald has the right set of skills and expertise and has the full support of the board to take Vodafone Fiji to new heights,” said Mr Kodagoda. Mr Prasad said he was humbled and thankful for the opportunity to lead the team, as well as being grateful for the board’s trust and confidence.

“My journey with Vodafone Fiji has been a rewarding one and I attribute my success to the support, guidance and coaching I have received over the years.

“I look forward to exploring the endless opportunities and challenges presented by this dynamic industry.”

Mr Kodagoda commended Mr Prasad’s high standards, ethics and contributions as a valued member of Vodafone Fiji. Vodafone Fiji stated the appointment came into effect from August 1, 2020.

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