Stewart White is the former Group Public Policy Director at Vodafone and has extensive experience in the international telecommunications and media sectors, with a particular focus on law, regulation and policy, going back more than 30 years. He has spent 15 years working in and around the Middle East for private and public sector clients, including a number of operators and governments.
During the seven years he was at Vodafone, Stewart established and headed up the Group Public Policy department, as well as co-ordinating with senior management of all the Group companies and the regulatory and government relations teams, across all of Vodafone’s markets to ensure consistent implementation of group public policies.
He led Vodafone’s input into the ‘1999 Review’ of EU communications legislation, building upon existing government, regulator and other key stakeholder relationships to drive regulatory outcomes. Stewart worked closely on the acquisition by Vodafone of Mannesmann, the German operator by implementing a strategy at the highest political levels in the UK and Germany to ensure political intervention was kept to a minimum. Sir Christopher Gent, the then CEO, described Stewart as “Vodafone’s Foreign Minister.”
Stewart left Vodafone to set up his own consultancy specialising in regulated industries, drawing upon his experience of having worked in more than 60 countries.
Stewart has also held a number of consultancy roles, including his appointment as non-executive chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, where he advised clients on business development and corporate positioning in the public and private sectors. He has also acted as consultant to the lawyers SJ Berwin on a number of telecoms’ projects, working closely with regulators and governments.
Finally, Stewart acts as an ongoing public policy advisor to Solaris Mobile Limited, with regard to the establishment of the company as one of two pan-European operators for satellite communications. He also has a long-standing advisory role to the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union.
Sean Collins, KPMG’s global Chair, Communications and Media commented, “I am delighted to welcome to Stewart to KPMG. His experience of working in the Middle East for public and private sector clients, along with his expertise in advising clients on strategic, commercial, public policy and regulatory issues means he is perfectly positioned to develop our telecoms offering in both in the MESA region, and globally.”
David Thomas, global head of KPMG’s economics and regulation practice said, “Stewart is a significant appointment to the economics and regulation team. His extensive insights into the world of government and regulatory affairs across the globe, will give our telecoms clients a real boost in facing up to the challenges they face.”