Google’s 11th employee takes up board position at Vodafone

VODAFONE has appointed one of the pillars of Google’s early success to its board as a non-executive director.

Omid Kordestani was only the 11th employee hired by the search engine in 1999, before the fledgling Silicon Valley startup had even began to sell advertising. He led the company’s business operations for 10 years, turning it into a $24bn (£15.8bn) a year cash cow by the time he left in April 2009.

Iranian-born Kordestani, who previously held positions at Netscape and HP, will join Vodafone’s board in March. He remains an adviser to Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

“Omid has an outstanding track record as a commercial leader and innovator,” Vodafone chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said.