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SoftBank COO Nikesh Arora to step down

Nikesh AroraSoftBank Group Corp. announced that Nikesh Arora, representative director, president and chief operating officer, will assume an advisory role, effective July 1, 2016.

Mr. Arora served as the Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (SIMI). He left Google in July 2014 resigning from the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

Mr. Arora worked for Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments. He worked as Chief Marketing Officer and as a Member of the Management Board at T-Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Europe and serves as a Trustee at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Arora joined Google in 2004. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google since January 2011 until July 2014.

Previously he held multiple senior operating leadership roles at Google, serving as President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development from 2009 to 2010, President, Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2007 to 2009 and Vice President, Europe Operations from 2004 to 2007.

Since 2007, Mr. Arora has also served as a Senior Advisor to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Chief Marketing Officer of the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Mr. Arora was Chief Executive Officer and Founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002. He began his career at Fidelity Investments in 1992, holding a variety of finance and technology management positions, ultimately serving as Vice President, Finance of Fidelity Technologies.

Mr. Arora served on the board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive Company from March 8, 2012 until his resignation on September 10, 2014.

Mr. Arora graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, India with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. He holds a degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He also holds the CFA designation.


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