Neil Smith , Head of M2M & Cobra Finance
Neil joined Vodafone in October 2011 as Head of Finance for the company’s Machine to Machine (M2M) business. With almost two decades of experience in senior finance positions within the telecoms space he brings substantial industry knowledge to the team. Neil also leads the Cobra finance team, following this acquisition and, as the Head of Finance for M2M and Cobra, is now fully responsible for all financial matters across the Vodafone M2M business.
Since starting at Vodafone, Neil has created a number of investment cases (both organic and inorganic) to support the growth of M2M. He is responsible for managing the significant investment being made in M2M and driving the financial performance of the team. “The ongoing growth of Vodafone’s M2M business and its planned expansion was a major reason for coming on board. As M2M technologies continue to expand Vodafone will ensure it is financially and commercially able to continue competing at the highest level,” he says.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Neil spent 11 years at BT working across both the global services and group finance division where he held a number of senior positions including vice president of finance and cost transformation, vice president of finance for service and networks and most recently vice president of vendor management. Prior to joining BT, Neil spent eight years at KPMG working in audit and transaction services in both London and Sydney, Australia.
Neil is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Birmingham.