A Vodafone spokesman said Brown had resigned and left the company yesterday (15 September) ‘to pursue other interests’. The company is looking for a replacement.
Vodafone director of corporate finance Charles Butterworth is handling Brown’s responsibilities in the interim. The company declined to comment further.
However, it is understood that Brown resigned partly at the behest of Vodafone’s CEO Arun Sarin, who took over from Sir Christopher Gent last year.
While Gent maintained a high profile at the helm of Vodafone, it is thought that Sarin is more technocratic in style and requires a more aggressive PR approach than his predecessor. Brown was unavailable for comment.
Brown joined Vodafone in 1999 as the company’s first investor relations director before becoming group director of corporate affairs in 2000.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Brown worked on the company’s financial PR account with Tavistock Communications where he was joint senior executive along with chairman Jeremy Carey.
Brown’s wife, Vodafone head of group investor relations Melissa Stimpson, ruled out the prospect of Brown returning to Tavistock.
Tavistock has held the Vodafone financial PR account since the company’s inception in 1991.