Arun Sarin is a senior advisor at the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Born in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India, Sarin graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with a B. Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975. He then went on to attend the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned an MS in Engineering and an MBA in 1978.
Sarin began his career as a management consultant. In 1984, he joined Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco, where he held a variety of positions, including Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President. In July 1995, he joined AirTouch, becoming its President and Chief Operating Officer less than two years later, in February 1997.
In 1999, AirTouch was sold to Vodafone, and Arun Sarin was appointed Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer for the U.S. and Asia Pacific region. After Vodafone’s U.S. business merged with Verizon Wireless, Sarin became a non-executive director of the company while also serving as CEO of InfoSpace (2000) and Accel-KKR Telecom (2002). From 2003 until 2008, Sarin served as a Chief Executive Designate for Vodafone, scaling the company globally, expanding product lines, streamlining operations, and increasing dividends per share by 400 percent.
Today, Arun Sarin serves as a senior advisor at KKR. He sits on the board of directors for Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab, and Safeway. He is also on the board of trustees for the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley and in 2010 received an honorary knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.