Board of Directors
Megan Doberneck, Director & Secretary
Megan Doberneck is the President and General Counsel for Vodafone Americas Inc., the US subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, one of the world’s largest wireless telecommunications companies, providing service to over 400 million customers across 70 countries. Within the United States, Vodafone’s operating presence is through its 45% ownership of Verizon Wireless.
Ms. Doberneck is responsible for the operations and governance of Vodafone Americas and its subsidiaries in the United States to ensure delivery of annual financial and operational results. She also sits on the Boards of Directors for Vodafone Americas, its subsidiaries, and the Vodafone Americas Foundation. Ms. Doberneck is also General Counsel and Company Secretary for all of Vodafone’s US-based entities with a focus on corporate finance, capital structuring and corporate governance, as well as Vodafone’s ventures, technology and innovation work in the United States. Ms. Doberneck graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley, and received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Chuck Pol, President and Chair
Chuck Pol oversees Vodafone’s Global Enterprise accounts based in North and Latin America. Chuck serves a dual role for Vodafone Global Enterprise as the President of the Americas region, as well as the Director of the Global Transformation Team, focused on selling and delivering large €100m+ complex deals for Vodafone. He is also the Country Chairperson for Vodafone US responsible for the compliance, governance and integration of all Vodafone entities that operate in America.
Chuck joined Vodafone Global Enterprise in 2010 from British Telecom, where he held various senior executive positions in the US and UK spanning over 20 years in varying industry sectors, from Mobile Markets in BT Wholesale to the Global Financial Services sector.
Chuck has served as a Non-Executive Director of Project Renewal, a charity which devotes time, resource and finances to the homeless of New York City. He is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College. He has been married to Angella for over 30 years and has three grown children. He lives between New Jersey and Florida and spends any free time playing golf and spending time with his family.
Bill Keever, Director
Mr. Keever retired from Vodafone Group PLC in June of 2003 as Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Region. This retirement culminated a 38-year career in telecommunications. Prior to his retirement position he was President of Americas Asia region for Vodafone. Mr. Keever served in a variety of management and executive positions with Pacific Bell, Pac Tel, AirTouch and Vodafone, and was one of the first employees on the Mannesmann Mobilfunk team in Germany. At the same time, he served on the board of directors of Belgacom Mobile in Belgium, and Airtel, our venture in Spain, and was on the Executive Committee of the GSM Association. He became President of AirTouch International in 1998.
Mr. Keever and his family relocated to Yountville in the Napa Valley shortly after returning to the US. They have founded Keever Vineyards, LLC which is a small, super premium Cabernet Sauvignon producer. Keever Vineyards opened its winery in the summer of 2006. Bill serves as President of Keever Vineyards, LLC.
Arun Sarin, Director
Arun Sarin served as Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Group Plc from 2003 -– 2008. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a BS in Engineering in 1975. In 1978 he earned an MS in Engineering and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
He began his career as a management consultant before joining the telecoms firm, Pacific Telesis Group in 1984. He was instrumental in the development and expansion of the company’s mobile businesses. He held a series of positions with Pacific Telesis Group including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Following the demerger from Pacific Telesis Group to form AirTouch Communications, Arun was appointed Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development. He was later appointed President, AirTouch International and finally President of AirTouch Communications where he was responsible for the company’s mobile and paging operations in 14 countries. He was a key negotiator in the successful acquisition of AirTouch by Vodafone Group Plc.
Prior to becoming Vodafone’s CEO, Mr. Sarin was a Non-Executive Director of The Gap Inc., The Charles Schwab Corporation, and Cisco Systems Inc. In June 2005 Arun was appointed to the Court of Directors of the Bank of England.
Currently, Mr. Sarin is a Senior Advisor at the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab Corp., Safeway and on the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Sarin first served as Director of the Board of the AirTouch Foundation in 1995 and later served as Chairman of the Foundation Board in 1999, he is now the Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation.
Peters Suh, Director
Peters Suh was the CEO of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), an alliance of communications companies committed to building an open applications platform. WAC will deliver an open industry application development platform that will benefit the entire ecosystem. By providing a single route for developers to deliver the latest innovative applications, WAC will bring applications to more than three billion global mobile users.
Previously, Peters was the CEO of JIL (Joint Innovation Lab), a joint venture with Vodafone, China Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Softbank Mobile. Before joining JIL, Peters was President of Vodafone Global Enterprise Incorporated and Vodafone Ventures Limited. He was a managing director for Fremont Communications a private equity fund focusing on telecommunication investments. Peters was previously Vice President, Chief Technical Officer for Vodafone’s Global Internet Services group and also held a number of positions with AirTouch Cellular. Peters is a director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, Aspire Technologies, and the Diablo Regional Arts Association. Peters holds a B.A. and M.B.A., both from the University of California, Los Angeles.
June Sugiyama, Director
June has been in her current role as Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation for over 10 years. Previously, she served in several roles at Vodafone’s predecessors, AirTouch and Pacific Telesis International. She most recently led the Foundation’s transition towards impact through technology related programs. She also developed the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology solutions to address critical social issues around the world.
June served on the board of Northern California Grantmakers and participates in the Arts Loan Fund and the Emergency Loan Fund of the organization. She also serves on the advisory board of the Foundation Center in San Francisco, and served on the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership, the board of the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Business Arts Council in San Francisco and Nobiru-kai, a Japanese newcomers association. June received her teaching credential and liberal studies degree at San Francisco State University, masters and specialist credential at University of San Francisco, and has teaching experience with schools throughout the Bay Area, especially in the Japanese Bilingual Programs.