Former CEO, Vodafone Ireland
Teresa Elder has led businesses with up to $4B revenue in the wireless and cable industries in the US and Europe. She has experience on commercial and non-profit boards. Teresa advises businesses in strategy, scaling and operations. She is the former CEO of Vodafone Ireland, making her the first female CEO of any Vodafone business globally. At Vodafone, she led a $2B business and launched the country’s first mobile broadband network. Teresa was the founding president of Clearwire Wholesale. Clearwire was the first company to provide 4G data in the US and held the deepest portfolio of wireless spectrum available for data services. At Clearwire, she rapidly created a business with more than 5M subscribers and more than $1B in revenue. Clearwire was sold to Sprint in 2013. Prior roles include president of AT&T Broadband (sold to Comcast), where Teresa led 15,000 people and a $4B business. She led the turnaround of the California market for MediaOne, a cable and broadband company, before it was sold to AT&T. She has been named one of the top women in wireless (FierceWireless) and in cable technology (CableFAX). She held previous roles in strategy, operations and sales with AirTouch and USWEST.
Teresa holds a BS in business administration from Creighton University, summa cum laude, and an MS in management (MSx/Sloan Program) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Teresa sits on the Management Board of the Stanford GSB and on the Stanford MSx/Sloan Alumni Advisory Board.
Teresa and her husband, William, share a personal passion to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. They actively raise money and chair events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They have two sons, William Jr. (Stanford ’11) and Andrew (Stanford ’15).