Vodafone Group Plc announces that Matthew Kirk has been appointed as Director of External Relationships.
In this new role he will lead Vodafone Group's public policy activities and represent the Company with Governments and key political institutions around the world.
Michael Jay, Permanent Under-Secretary of State and Head of the Diplomatic Service, said: "I am delighted that Vodafone - one of the UK's leading companies - has chosen one of our leading younger Ambassadors to develop its relations with the public sector.
"The FCO attaches great importance to the exchange of best practice and skills between the private and public sectors, of which appointments such as this one are an excellent example."
Arun Sarin, Vodafone Group's Chief Executive, said: "With over 20 years of experience in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Matthew Kirk is exceptionally well-qualified to develop and lead Vodafone's external relationships with political and other relevant institutions."
Matthew Kirk, 45, was educated at St. John's College, Oxford and Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Paris. He is married with two daughters.