Julian Horn-Smith

Sir Julian Horn-Smith is a British businessman who is a member of the boards of a number of international corporations and advises others. He was formally Deputy Chief Executive of Vodafone Group Plc until July 2006.

Sir Julian joined Vodafone at its foundation in 1984 and has held a number of senior posts including Group Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director Vodafone International and Deputy Group CEO. Considered a principal architect in the development of Vodafone’s Global Strategy, during his career with the company he was closely involved in many of Vodafone's major international transactions, including the formation of Vodafone AirTouch in 1999. This merger (of the UK and U.S.businesses) created one of the top 25 companies in the world by market capitalisation. The subsequent acquisition of Mannesmann in 2000, almost doubled the size of the Vodafone Group to making it the world's largest mobile telecommunications company and the largest FTSE100 quoted stock. In 1996 he was appointed to the Vodafone Group Plc Board and in 2005 became Deputy Chief Executive. Sir Julian was instrumental in the foundation of many of Vodafone's large subsidiary businesses today (such as those in Turkey,Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Egypt and several others in Europe, Africa and Asia).

Early life, education and honours

Born in London, Horn-Smith, attended Kings Norton Grammar School in Birmingham. He read Economics (University of London (B.Sc (Econ) 1970)) and Business Administration with Finance and Marketing [M.Sc. University of Bath 1979]. [1] In 2007 Sir Julian received an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Laws -DL) from the University of Bath where he is now pro-chancellor and a member of the University Council.

In 2004 he received a knighthood from HM The Queen Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to international telecommunications.[2]

Current business activities

In 2006 Sir Julian was appointed to the board of Digicel Group. Digicel are a private telecom group which operate wireless networks in the Caribbean, Pacific and Central American regions and are the leading operator in the Caribbean.

Sir Julian is a supporter of Turkish/British relations and a founder and Co-Chairman (with Jack Straw ) of the TATLIDiL conference that takes place annually between the UK and Turkey.The conference is sponsored by The FCO.

In 2010, Sir Julian became a Pro Chancellor of Bath University where he also chairs the School of Management’s Advisory Board.

Until May 2012 Sir Julian was a member of the Board of Lloyds Banking Group where he chaired the Nomination Committee that selected Sir Win Bischoff, the recent Chairman. Following the take-over of HBOS, Lloyds are today the UK’s largest retail bank.

Sir Julian has been a Senior Advisor at UBS Investment Bank since 2007 specializing in the Telecom and Media sector, advising several major telecommunication companies. Since 2009, he has also been a Senior Advisor at CVC, the UK private equity group, based in London where he also specialises in Media and Telecoms.

He is Chairman of eBuilder a software company based in Stockholm.

In 2009 he joined the board of e-Mobile and eAccess in Japan. He advised them during the take over by Softbank. Until early 2015 he was an advisor to The Chairman and The Board of Etisalat (based in the UAE it is the largest telecom company in The Gulf and North Africa). From 2006 until now he has been a member of Altimo's independent International Advisory board ('AIA'): a multi-national group of distinguished and independent individuals who meet bi-annually advising on Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility and International Policy. Altimo's board has since been replaced by the LetterOne Technology Advisory Board. Altimo (now called L1 Technology) are part of Alfa Group with major interests in Vimpelcom and Turkcell. In July 2014, Sir Julian joined the Supervisory Board of Vimpelcom, a public (listed) telecommunications company with headquarters in Amsterdam. Vimpelcom have major operations in Russia,Ukraine,Italy and several African and CIS countries. LetterOne and Telenor are Vimpelcom's largest shareholders. In late 2013, Sir Julian joined Alix Partners, the US consulting group (part owned by CVC), as an Advisor in the telecommunications sector.

Sir Julian has held non executive directorships at UK FTSE companies including Smiths Group plc (Engineering), Sage Group plc (software) where he also served as Chairman, and, DelaRue plc (security prining) and also Acer Group (Taiwan). He has also served on the Boards of Verizon Wireless and China Mobile..

Sir Julian is a trustee of Hope for Tomorrow (www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk), a charity which provides mobile chemotherapy treatment in the UK.

Personal life

Sir Julian is married and he has 4 sons, 2 granddaughters and 4 grandsons.


  1. "Upwardly Mobile", BA2 Magazine 2008.
  2. "PMS Honours Briefing - 11 June". 10 Downing Street. 2004-06-11. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
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