Dr. Howard H. Xia

Retired General Manager, Vodafone China Limited

Director since 2011, Class One (Term Expiring 2024)
Chair of STAR Committee

Dr. Xia currently serves as a consultant to the telecommunications industry. Dr. Xia served as General Manager of Vodafone China Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, a telecommunications company, from 2001 to 2014. From 1994 to 2001, he served as a Director, Technology Strategy for Vodafone AirTouch Plc and AirTouch Communications, Inc. He served as a Senior Staff Engineer at Telesis Technology Laboratory from 1992 to 1994, and was a Senior Engineer at PacTel Cellular from 1990 to 1992. 

Dr. Xia holds a B.S. degree in Physics from South China Normal University, and an M.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Electrophysics, from Polytechnic School of Engineering of New York University. Dr. Xia’s extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the telecommunications industry, his knowledge of international business, including with China, and his strong leadership skills make him a valuable member of our Board. In particular, his experience and knowledge of telecommunications in Asia contribute to the Board’s breadth of knowledge in this area.

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