Born: October 21, 1954
Achievement: CEO of global mobile telecommunications company
Vodafone Group Plc.
Arun Sarin is the Chief Executive Officer of the British based global
mobile telecommunications company Vodafone Group Plc. He is one of the
few Indians to head a global multi national company.
Arun Sarin was born on October 21, 1954 at Panchmari, Madya Pradesh.
His father was an army officer and Arun Sarin did his schooling from
military boarding school in Bangalore. After schooling, Arun Sareen
joined IIT Kharagpur and graduated in 1975. In 1977, he did his MS in
Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and subsequently did
his MBA from the same university in 1978.
Arun Sarin started his professional career in 1978 as an environmental
analyst for a Washington, D.C., consulting firm. In 1981, he joined
Natomas in California as a corporate development manager. Arun Sarin
entered telecom industry in 1984, when he joined Pacific Telesis Group
in San Francisco. At Pacific Telesis Group, Arun worked closely with Sam
Ginn, the legendary telecommunications entrepreneur. He worked with
Pacific Telesis in various professional and executive positions for 10
years, and was later appointed vice president of corporate strategy.
Arun Sarin left Pacific Telesis in 1994 when it split its mobile and
In 1995, Arun Sarin followed his mentor Sam Ginn to a newly formed
wireless-communications company, AirTouch Communications. He was
President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTouch from February 1997 to
June 1999. In 1999, AirTouch and Vodafone, a large British wireless
communications company joined hands to create Vodafone-AirTouch. Arun
Sarin was made chief executive of the newly formed corporate entity. In
April 2000, Arun Sarin resigned from Vodafone-AirTouch and took the CEO
position at InfoSpace, an Internet infrastructure company based in
Bellevue, Washington. As CEO Arun Sarin led the merger of InfoSpace and
Go2Net, a consumer-portal company, for approximately $4 billion in a
After an eight-month tenure at InfoSpace, Arun Sarin resigned. In July
2001, he joined Accel Partners and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to lead
a new telecommunications venture called Accel-KKR Telecom. After an
eighteen month stint at Accel-KKR Telecom Arun Sarin resigned and on
July 30, 2003 he was installed as the CEO of Vodafone.