F. Craig Farrill
Craig Farrill, 46, is the Chief Technology Officer for Vodafone AirTouch, the world's largest wireless telecommunications company, operating in 24 countries on five continents. Craig has more than 24 years of experience in engineering and leadership of high growth, wireless telecommunications businesses. He is responsible for creating the strategic technology vision for Vodafone AirTouch. His work entails guiding the worldwide assessment, development and integration of advanced telecommunications technologies; and providing strategic direction on wireless networks, technology and investments to support the company's leadership position in the wireless information age.
As an officer of the company, Craig provides advice to the Vodafone Group and Regional CEO's and represents Vodafone AirTouch on wireless technology and strategy matters before the investment community, government and regulatory bodies, industry associations and standards organizations around the world.
Craig continues to play an active role in shaping the future of wireless technology. He is a founder, Executive Board member and the former President of the CDMA Development Group (CDG), an international industry association furthering development of wideband digital cellular technology. He is also a founding board member for Conexant, the semiconductor systems spin-off of Rockwell International Corporation.
Craig began his career in telecommunications systems engineering and management roles at Rockwell International's Collins Radio Group in Richardson, Texas. From there he joined Communications Industries, Inc. (CI) in Dallas, Texas. While at CI, he founded its cellular business unit, Gencell, and held several engineering management positions within its telecommunications subsidiary, Gencom, Inc. Craig joined AirTouch (then part of Pacific Telesis Group) in 1986 as Vice President of Engineering when it acquired Communications Industries, Inc. (CI). Prior to the Vodafone AirTouch merger, Craig served three years on the AirTouch Policy Group, the seven-member top officer team that governed AirTouch's diversified wireless telecommunications businesses and networks in a dozen countries around the world.
Craig received a Master of Business Administration in 1979 from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. He is a registered Professional Engineer and U.S. patent holder in the telecommunications field.
Craig and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.