Vodacom South Africa Managing Director Balesh Sharma to Leave Vodacom at the End of June

Vodacom South Africa Managing Director, Balesh Sharma, has decided to leave the Vodafone and Vodacom Groups after a two decades long career to pursue an external opportunity in Europe, with effect from 30 June 2022.

Balesh has held his current role as Managing Director of Vodacom South Africa since September 2020, after he was appointed to carve out a new standalone Vodacom South Africa entity. In order to ensure a smooth transition, Balesh will remain in his role for the next three months.

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub says “I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to Balesh for his invaluable contribution in the establishment of Vodacom South Africa. During this time, he led the improvements in market share, net promoter scores, network, churn improvement, TOBI, Vodacom Business performance and also drove the winning back of data market share. Balesh was a strong support for various critical Vodacom projects such as the recent spectrum auction, which saw Vodacom successfully acquire a total of 110 MHz high demand spectrum. We wish Balesh the very best for the next chapter of his career and will announce his successor in due course.”

Prior to his tenure as Vodacom South Africa Managing Director, Balesh joined the Vodafone Group in India in March 2003 where he held various senior leadership roles before moving to international assignments as CEO Vodafone Malta and then CEO Vodafone Czech Republic, driving successful turnarounds in both roles. He returned to India to help the company fight one of the industry’s most competitive environments. In his capacity as the founding CEO of Vodafone Idea, Balesh managed the integration of Vodafone and Idea, delivering substantial synergies within the first-year post merger, and successfully completing a rights issue of USD 3.5 Billion for the merged entity.

Vodacom South Africa Managing Director, Balesh Sharma, says: “This is the end of a momentous chapter in my career and I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my Vodafone and Vodacom families for the extraordinary opportunities afforded to me over the last twenty years. It has been wonderful to be part of a purpose-led organisation which has allowed me to work all over the world and to forge friendships with so many diverse communities and people.”

Balesh is an alumni of the Harvard Business School and Mayo College, and holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Engineering College, Kota and an MBA from Podar Institute of Management in Jaipur, India.