VodafoneZiggo is a joint venture of the Dutch divisions of Vodafone Group and Liberty Global, Vodafone Netherlands and Ziggo respectively. The parent companies are the shareholders of VodafoneZiggo and have an equal interest.
The company was officially established on 31 December 2016, after the approval by the European Commission and the works councils of former Ziggo and Vodafone. VodafoneZiggo is governed by the management board and the Supervisory Board.
Management board (SLT)
The management board is charged with the day-to-day management and is responsible for developing a long-term vision and defining a corporate strategy.
The management board consists of the CEO, CFO and eight board members representing the following business units:
Strategy Insights & Integration
Legal & Regulatory
The supervisory board appoints the CEO, the CFO and the CTO.
The role of the Supervisory Board (SB) is to provide advice and to supervise the management board. The board consists of eight members:
Three members appointed by Liberty Global
Three members appointed by Vodafone Group
Two independent members appointed by the works councils of former Vodafone and Ziggo
The SB met five times this year and discussed various topics, among which:
status updates regarding integration
human resources policy
status updates of key programmes
The board has committed itself to the Corporate Governance Code, in which the Dutch government has laid down rules of management conduct. The aim of the code is to protect all stakeholders of the company. VodafoneZiggo subscribes to the code and ensures the board puts them into practice on a daily basis.
Composition of the management board
The management board consists of the following members:
Jeroen Hoencamp – CEO
Jeroen worked for Vodafone Group for 18 years. Until his appointment as CEO of VodafoneZiggo, he was CEO of Vodafone Ireland & UK and Vodafone Netherlands, respectively.
Ritchy Drost – CFO
Ritchy was CFO of Ziggo and before that, he worked for Liberty Global for 17 years, e.g. as CFO of the European division of Liberty Global and UPC Netherlands.
Thomas Mulder – Executive Director Human Resources
Thomas was the HR director of Vodafone Netherlands. From January 2017 he worked in London as Global HR Director for the corporate division Group Enterprise. In the summer of 2018 he returned to the Netherlands. On 1 August 2018 he succeeded Anja Maassen van den Brink.
John van Vianen – Executive Director Business-to-Business
John was CEO of KPN Business Market and member of the Executive Committee of KPN. Under his leadership IT Solutions (formerly Getronics) integrated with KPN.
Marcel de Groot - Executive Director Business-to-Consumer
Marcel was Consumer Business Unit Director of Vodafone Netherlands and prior to that, held that same position at Vodafone Ireland. He started his career at GlaxoSmithKline.
Robin Clements – Executive Director Customer Operations
Robin worked for KPN for 15 years in various operational and sales positions, in fixed telephony, mobile telephony as well as the internet division. Until recently he worked for Achmea Centraal Beheer and FBTO where he was responsible for marketing, sales and service in the private and small business market.
Eben Albertyn – Executive Director Technology
Eben was Technology Director Vodafone Netherlands. Prior to his arrival in the Netherlands, he held a number of technical senior executive positions at telecom companies in Africa.
Barbara Jongerden – Executive Director Legal & Regulatory
Barbara was Corporate Affairs & Strategy Director at Vodafone Nederland. Before that, she worked at PwC, Corporate Express (now Staples) and Liberty Global.
Marieke Dekker – Executive Director External Affairs
Marieke was Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs at Ziggo en member of the Corporate Affairs-team at Liberty Global. Prior to that, she was director Public Affairs of ‘ONL voor ondernemers’.
Robin Kroes – Executive Director Strategy Insights & Integration
Robin was Senior Vice President Strategy & Integration at Ziggo. From 2012 he was Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development UPC Netherlands. He started his career at Chello Media.
Composition of the Supervisory Board
The Supervisory Board consists of the following members:
Serpil Timuray (Chair)
CCO Europe Cluster Vodafone Group Plc
Diederik Karsten (Vice Chair)
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Liberty Global
Senior Vice President Technology Operations Liberty Global
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Liberty Global
Margherita Della Valle
Chief Financial Officer Vodafone Group Plc
Group Financial Controller Vodafone Group Plc
Professor Corporate Litigation at the University of Groningen and former chairman of the Netherlands Enterprise Court at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.
Global Head Human Resources and Executive Vice President Aegon N.V.
Retired in 2018:
Warren Finegold, retired on 29 June
Nick Read, retired on 29 June
Ahmed Essam, retired on 31 December
The Supervisory Board has two committees (composition as of 31 December 2018):
the Audit & Risk Committee
Margherita Della Valle (Chair), Charlie Bracken, Baptiest Coopmans and Serpil Timuary
the Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Diederik Karsten (Chair), Serpil Timuray, Charlie Bracken and John Otty
In 2018, the Supervisory Board met on 26 January, 19 April, 17 September, 1 November and 3 December.