Veteran Vodafone executive to advise CVC

Julian Horn-Smith, a founding member of Vodafone, will advise the private equity firm on its telecoms, media and technology deals as it deploys its freshly closed €11bn fund.

CVC Capital Partners has hired Julian Horn-Smith as a senior advisor for its telecoms, media and technology (TMT) team.

Horn-Smith is a telecommunications veteran, having helped to found UK mobile phone giant Vodafone in 1984. He has held a variety of roles at the firm, including chief operating officer. He was most recently deputy chief executive officer and a board member before his retirement in 2006.

He received a knighthood from the Queen of England in 2005, in recognition for his services to international communications.

Julian Horn-Smith

Horn-Smith is currently a senior advisor to UBS Investment Bank in London, a board member and non-executive director at UK bank Lloyds TSB, and also holds board memberships at Caribbean and Pacific telecoms operator Digicel and electrical supplies company Martin Dawes.

In his new role at CVC Horn-Smith will work with Lorne Somerville, a partner and head of the TMT team.

CVC, which has 19 offices worldwide, last week appointed Hemal Mirani to managing director at its investor relations team in Hong Kong. In January the firm held a final close on its latest fund, European Equity Partners V on €11 billion, shy of its €12.1 billion target. It currently has €16 billion under management.