Obituary: Mike Caldwell

Mike Caldwell, who was Vodafone group corporate comms director during the 1990s, died last week of cancer at the age of 52. Here, the company’s corporate affairs director Simon Lewis pays tribute.

‘Mike was one of the most well-liked practitioners of his generation and had enjoyed a rich and varied career at Vodafone, which he joined in 1991 from a corporate affairs role at Boots.

‘He helped to create the Vodafone corporate affairs department and became a high-profile spokesman for the company  in the media, including a rumbustious appearance on Watchdog with Anne Robinson.

‘He was also closely involved with our sponsorship of Manchester United and worked tirelessly in the Newbury area, including seeing through planning permission for Vodafone’s global HQ campus.

‘I had enjoyed working closely with Mike, and last year he was appointed as director of the Vodafone Group Foundation, a role in which he distinguished himself.

‘Mike was a rare example of someone in our industry who didn’t appear to have a single enemy. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.

‘It was a testament to the high regard in which he was held that his funeral earlier this week was attended by colleagues past and present as well as members of the local community – across the arts, media, voluntary and community sectors to which he was committed.’

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