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TMCNet:  Google exec Arora to join Softbank as vice chairman in October

[July 18, 2014]

Google exec Arora to join Softbank as vice chairman in October

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Google Inc. Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will join Japan's major communication provider Softbank Corp. in October as vice chairman, Softbank said Thursday.

Arora will assume the vice chairmanship of the group as well as the chief executive officer role of Softbank Internet and Media Inc., to be set up in the United States.

He is also to be nominated as a board member, the company said.

Reporting to Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, the Boston College graduate is expected to take charge of the group's mobile phone business in the United States, where talks to merge with T-Mobile US Inc. have been under way since the group acquired Sprint Corp.


Arora joined Google in 2004 and assumed his current position five years ago to oversee its global business development. Before joining the Internet giant, he was chief marketing officer of T-Mobile International.

"As we enter the next phase of our expansion I can't think of a better person than Nikesh to help us chart that course," said Son, adding that Arora's long experience at one of the fastest-growing companies in history makes him uniquely qualified for the new role.

(c) 2014 Kyodo News

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