Anita Orbán appointed as Vodafone Hungary’s new external affairs director


Anita Orbán has been named the new external affairs director of Vodafone Hungary, also becoming a member of the board, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

She assumed her new position on January 4.

Orbán began her career as financial controller at Matáv, after graduating from the Budapest University of Economics. She then moved to the United States, where she earned two master's degrees in history and diplomacy, and continued her master’s studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 2008, her book on the energy sector in Central Europe was published in the United States.

After moving back to Hungary, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for five years, specializing in the energy sector. She also worked as Ambassador for Energy Security and as Chairperson of the Danube Region Energy Co-Operation Committee. After holding positions in the public sector, she continued her career as senior advisor for Cheniere Marketing LTD in London.

She is joining Vodafone Hungary from Tellurian LNG London, where she held the position of vice president of international affairs, performing commercial duties in several countries.

She is the winner of The Woman Energy Executive of the Year 2018 Award, granted by an international Jury at the Budapest Energy Summit. She is member of the advisory board of several international professional organizations.

The expert replaces Gergő J. Budai, who left the position of external affairs director on November 1, 2020, and will continue his career as CEO of Vantage Towers Hungary, a newly established Vodafone subsidiary. Budai remains curator and ambassador of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation, as well as deputy chairman of Vodafone Hungary until January 31.

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