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Kleisterlee Is Preferred Vodafone Chairman Candidate, FT Reports

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Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Gerard Kleisterlee, chief executive officer of Royal Philips Electronics NV, is the frontrunner among candidates being considered for the post of chairman at Vodafone Group Plc, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the situation. Vodafone has drawn up a shortlist of three people to succeed John Bond, the FT said.

Vodafone spokesman Bobby Leach declined to comment when reached by telephone. Joost Akkermans, an Amsterdam-based spokesman for Philips, also declined to comment when contacted by telephone.

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