After over 16 years with the company, Francisco Román will step down as chairman of Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Spain Foundation on December 31st.
Román was a member of the team that, on behalf of Airtouch International, won the first Spanish telco licence in 1994 after market liberalisation. He was technology director of Airtel Movil, the predecessor of Vodafone. He then spent four years at Microsoft Iberica and in 2002 he joined Vodafone, becoming the CEO one year later and then chairman.
His position as chairman of the company and the foundation will be filled by the current CEO, Antonio Coimbra, while continuing as chief executive.
In a statement, Coimbra said that: “Francisco Roman is a reference for all of us who are part of Vodafone in Spain. He has been a key figure in the development of our business in Spain.”