Balesh Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’s largest telecom service provider, effective 31st August 2018.
Balesh’s professional experience of over two and half decades spans across cultures and geographies, building a strong track record of transformational leadership, successful turnarounds and leading for impact.
Earlier, Balesh was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vodafone India, a Director on the board of Vodafone India Ltd and a member of its Executive Committee. He was responsible for leading the Circle operations, Service Delivery, Marketing, Commercial and Enterprise functions including development of new business initiatives and driving innovation across the organization.
Having joined Vodafone (then Hutch) in 2003, Balesh has held several senior management positions in India and internationally including as the Business Head of Gujarat Circle and as the Chairman and CEO of Vodafone Malta. Prior to taking over his present role, he was the Chairman and CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic, where he successfully transformed the business and delivered strong market share growth with net promoter score leadership and strong employee engagement.
Prior to joining telecom, Balesh gained valuable sales experience in Office automation with Xerox and Ricoh as well as imbibed holistic entrepreneurial learning from then new age technology start-ups.
An alumnus of Mayo College, Balesh completed his Engineering and MBA from the Rajasthan University. He likes to spend time travelling with his family, and enjoys yoga and golf.