Julian Horn-Smith

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Sir Julian Michael Horn-Smith (born December 1948)[1] is a British businessman who is a member of the boards of a number of international corporations and advises others. He was deputy chief executive of Vodafone until July 2006.

Horn-Smith joined Vodafone at its foundation in 1984 and held a number of senior posts including chief operating officer, managing director Vodafone International and deputy group CEO. Considered a principal architect in the development of Vodafone's global strategy, during his career with the company he was closely involved in many of Vodafone's major international transactions, including the formation of Vodafone AirTouch in 1999. This merger (of the UK and US businesses) created one of the top 25 companies in the world by market capitalisation. The subsequent acquisition of Mannesmann in 2000, almost doubled the size of Vodafone making it the world's largest mobile telecommunications company and the largest FTSE100 quoted stock. In 1996 he was appointed to the board and in 2005 became deputy chief executive. Horn-Smith was instrumental in the foundation of many of Vodafone's largest subsidiary businesses today (such as those in Turkey, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, and Egypt.

Early life, education and honours[edit]

Born in London, Horn-Smith, attended King's Norton Grammar School in Birmingham. He received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of London in 1970, and a master's degree in Business Administration with Finance and Marketing from the University of Bath in 1979. [2] In 2007 Horn-Smith received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath where he was a pro-chancellor and a member of the University Council until July 2018[citation needed]

In 2004 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to international telecommunications.[3]

Current business activities[edit]

In 2006, Horn-Smith was appointed to the board of Digicel Group, a private telecom group which operate wireless networks in the Caribbean, Pacific and Central American regions and the leading operator in the Caribbean.[citation needed]

Horn-Smith is a supporter of Turkish/British relations and a founder and co-chairman (with Jack Straw ) of the TATLIDiL conference that takes place annually between the UK and Turkey. The conference is sponsored by The FCO.[citation needed]

Between 2010 and July 2018, Horn-Smith was a Pro Chancellor of Bath University where he also chairs the School of Management's Advisory Board.[citation needed]

Until May 2012, Horn-Smith was a member of the board of Lloyds Banking Group where he chaired the nomination committee that selected Sir Win Bischoff, the recent chairman. Following the take-over of HBOS, Lloyds are today the UK's largest retail bank.[4]

Horn-Smith has been a senior advisor at UBS Investment Bank since 2007 specialising in the telecom and media sector, advising several major telecommunication companies. Since 2009, he has also been a senior advisor at CVC, the UK private equity group, based in London where he also specialises in media and telecoms.[citation needed]

He is chairman of eBuilder a software company based in Stockholm.[citation needed]

In 2009 he joined the board of e-Mobile and eAccess in Japan. He advised them during the take over by Softbank. Until early 2015 he was an advisor to The chairman and The Board of Etisalat (based in the UAE it is the largest telecom company in The Gulf and North Africa).[citation needed]

In July 2014, Horn-Smith joined the Supervisory Board of Veon Group, a public (listed) telecommunications company with headquarters in Amsterdam. Veon (formerly known as Vimpelcom) have major operations in Russia,Ukraine,Italy and several African and CIS countries. LetterOne and Telenor are Vimpelcom's largest shareholders.[citation needed] In late 2013, Horn-Smith joined Alix Partners, the US consulting group (part owned by CVC), as an Advisor in the telecommunications sector.[citation needed]

Horn-Smith has held non-executive directorships at UK FTSE companies including Smiths Group plc (Engineering), Sage Group plc (software) where he also served as chairman, and, DelaRue plc (security printing) and also Acer Group (Taiwan). He has also served on the Boards of Verizon Wireless and China Mobile.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Horn-Smith is married and he has four sons, four granddaughters and five grandsons.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Julian Michael HORN-SMITH – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
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  3. ^ "PMS Honours Briefing – 11 June". 10 Downing Street. 11 June 2004. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
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