The world’s largest mobile phone operator, Vodafone Airtouch, has
appointed former joint chief executive of Tavistock Communications, Tim
Brown, as its first investor relations director.
The new position has been created following the completion of the merger
between Vodafone and US mobile company Airtouch which was first
announced at the beginning of this year.
’Effectively, Vodafone has doubled in size, which has required the
company to beef up its investor relations and financial PR department,’
At Tavistock, Brown was one of two joint senior executives along with
chairman Jeremy Carey, on a board of eight directors. In his new role,
Brown reports to the director of corporate affairs Terry Barwick. He
will work alongside corporate communications director Mike Caldwell, who
also reports to Barwick and oversees trade, consumer and corporate PR.
IR was previously handled by Barwick. Brown has appointed ex-City
analyst Melissa Stimpson as IR manager.
Vodafone remains a client of Tavistock Communications as does its Greek
subsidiary mobile operator Panafon in which it has a 55 per cent
’We continue to help Vodafone with investor and analyst relations and
financial PR by liaising with the internal team at Vodafone,’ said
The mobile operator has been a client of Tavistock since the company was
formed in September 1991. According to Carey, Tavistock has no immediate
plans to fill Brown’s vacant position as joint senior executive.