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Vodafone India and Idea Cellular constitute project management office to oversee merger

January 05, 2018

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which are merging their business operations, have formed a project management office (PMO) as the nodal body tasked with integrating the two companies. Common teams reporting to the PMO have been set up across key functions to work out how to integrate the two sides with diverse functional and cultural backgrounds. The special teams that have been formed will look into finance, procurement, operations and are working on how to run their operations, optimise networks and give maximum benefit to the customer. Moreover, the technology team would look at tools like customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and various apps that can be combined for the new merged company.

As per reports, one of the key executive overlooking the integration is Ravinder Takkar who is former chief executive officer (CEO) of Vodafone Romania. He was appointed chairman of Vodafone Group Services, regional development and is part of the PMO team. Further, it is learnt that Bain & Company is advising the two companies on the overall strategies of the merger.

Vodafone India recently named Manish Dawar, former group chief financial offer of Den Networks, as its finance head and he will eventually take on the role in the merged entity. Meanwhile, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla has already been named chairman of the merged company, while the CEO will be named jointly. Moreover, both operators have roped in leadership management company Spencer Stuart to shortlist candidates for major roles in the combined entity.



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