How Vodafone built a network of innovation champions

lucas-largerVodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) is part of the Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. We’re dedicated to delivering communications services to the world’s largest multinational corporations, as opposed to individual consumers. With headquarters in Newbury, UK, our team of over 3,000 people works with more than 1,700 corporations worldwide.

These customers are quite rightly very demanding. They want cutting-edge technology to support their business, and innovative new ways of doing things to give them an edge over their competitors. For Vodafone Global Enterprise to stand out from the crowd and to be the partner of choice, we have to innovate — to promote new ways of looking at issues and create an environment where innovation thrives.

To ensure this happens we created the Innovation Program, led by Juan-Jose Juan, known as JJ, our Global Head of Innovation. The program is now in its third year. The core team is comprised of three people, split between Silicon Valley and our headquarters in the UK. The program’s success is really dependent on our global team of “innovation champions.” The team’s charter is to provide fresh thinking to find opportunities that can transform our customers’ businesses as well as our own.

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