VODAFONE’S FINANCE DIRECTOR has been chosen to lead one of the city’s most influential but discrete lobby groups comprised of senior financial officers from among the UK’s largest companies.
Vodafone’s chief financial officer, Andy Halford, has been appointed chairman of the Hundred Group, which has actively lobbied for changes to financial rules in the wake of the crisis.
The group has previously battled against corporate governance changes and new accounting rules.
Halford, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, will replace Ashley Almanza, chief financial officer at global energy company BG Group.
Halford said UK competitiveness was entering a new phase “which will determine this country’s economic wellbeing”.
“I’m delighted to be appointed chairman of The Hundred Group and look forward to working with Ashley, all the other members, and other organisations to ensure that the UK’s growth prospects are given every chance of succeeding.”
Earlier this year, Vodafone reached a £1.25bn settlement following a long-running dispute with the taxman over its liabilities from the acquisition of German-based telecommunications company Mannesmann.
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