Neil Smith , Head of Finance
Neil joined Vodafone in October 2011 as Head of Finance for the company’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) business which includes the recently acquired Vodafone Automotive business (formerly Cobra Automotive Technologies S.p.A.). With more than two decades of experience in senior finance positions within the telecoms space he brings substantial industry knowledge to the team.
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 on-going 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.
Neil also heads the Vodafone Cloud & Hosting Services finance team.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Neil spent 11 years at BT working across both the global services and group finance divisions 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 8 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.