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Arqiva appoints Paul Donovan as CEO

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Arqiva has appointed Paul Donovan as CEO with immediate effect. Donovan is currently sits as a non-executive director on the company’s board and has more than 20 years experience in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He will work with incumbent Simon Beresford-Wylie over the next two months in order to enable a smooth transition. 

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James Kitto has been promoted from Sales Director for UK & Ireland to UK & Ireland Vice-President of Sales at Samsung. In his expanded role, Kitto will be responsible for continuing Samsung’s 5G strategy, customer loyalty efforts and the company’s ecosystem proposition.

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Onestream recruits ex-Mobile Phones Direct COO as CEO

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Independent ISP Onestream has appointed former Mobile Phones Direct COO James Carr as CEO. Carr oversaw the £38.1 million sale of the online mobile phone retailer and will be tasked with expanding Onestream’s workforce to eighty full time employees by the end of 2020.

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Rajeev Suri will step down as Nokia CEO on September 1 and will be replaced by company alumnus Pekka Lundmark. Currently CEO of Finnish-based energy company Fortum, Lundmark was at Nokia between 1990 and 2000 and will look to deliver the firm’s 5G strategy.

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Oliver Dowden is the new Culture Minister

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Oliver Dowden has been named as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He was previously Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office, having been elected as an MP in 2015.

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Three has confirmed its director of strategy and architecture Phil Sheppard has left the company after 19 years. Sheppard plans to do some consultancy work and take some time off.

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Simon Saunders joins Ofcom

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Simon Saunders will join Ofcom next month as Director of Emerging Technology. Saunders was previously at Google, where he was Head of Connectivity Partnerships for EMEA. He has also held positions at Motorola and Philips, and is a visiting professor at Kings College London.

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Brightstar welcomes two major arrivals

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Brightstar has expanded its ranks with two major appointments. David Brassington has joined the company from TechData, where he was Business Unit Director for Mobile and CE Endpoint Solutions, while Jon Charters (pictured) has assumed the role of Head of Retail. He was previously at Sony Mobile.

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Samsung Mobile UK has a new marketing director

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Samsung has appointed Sharon Hegarty as IM Marketing Director for UK & Ireland. She joins from Virgin Media having previously held positions at Sky, TalkTalk. At Samsung she will drive the company’s strategic approach to launch campaigns, 5G, and loyalty campaigns.

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HMD Global gets new UK GM

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HMD Global has promoted Omar Riaz to the position of General Manager for UK & Ireland. Riaz was previously General Manager for Sales Operations for Europe for HMD Global and has been with the company for the past three years. Ruben Lehmann has also been named as HMD Global’s VP of Europe, joining from Swiss distributor Autronic.

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A1 Comms gets new Digital and Telesales head

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Bobbie Bhogal has joined A1 Comms as Managing Director of Digital, overseeing the Digital Telesales business at A1 Comms. Bhogal founded e2Save.com in 1999, launched mobile phone ecommerce firm Stickee Technology, and directed Dixons Carphone Online Solutions.

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Chris Millington to head Emporia’s UK launch

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Industry veteran Chris Millington has been appointed to oversee Emporia’s expansion into the UK market in 2020. Millington will assume the role of UK & Ireland MD at the company.

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Former BT CEO Gavin Patterson secures another role

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Gavin Patterson has joined Purple WiFi as a non-executive director. Patterson left his role as BT CEO in January and has since assumed the position of EMEA Chairman for Salesforce

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Sari Balfauf replaces Risto Siilasmaa as Nokia Chair

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Risto Siilasmaa will step down as the chair of the Nokia board at the company’s AGM in April. Siilasmaa joined the Nokia board in 2008 and was interim CEO between 2013 and 2014. He will be replaced by Sari Baldauf.

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Fergal Donovan joins PCS Wireless

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After two years as CEO of Data Select, Fergal Donovan has joined PCS Wireless as European President. During his time at Data Select, Donovan built relationships with leading manufacturers to strengthen the company’s position in the UK.  In his role with, Donovan will look to grow PCS Wireless at a time of growth in the refurbished device market.

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Mark Mitchison takes control at Brightstar UK

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Mark Mitchison has replaced Nazish Dossa as managing director of Brightstar UK. Mitchinsoon, who has previously held positions at Samsung, Carphone Warehouse and Huawei, most was most recently a professional coach and founder of Wellbeing Executives.

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Ofcom has appointed Jonathan Oxley as interim Chief Executive. Oxley, who is currently Group Director for Competition and Board member for Ofcom, replaces Sharon White who is departing for John Lewis. A full time successor will be named after the General Election.

Tom Deynard is new Tesco Mobile CEO

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Tom Deynard is the new CEO of MVNO Tesco Mobile. He was previously COO of Tesco’s store in Malaysia, having joined the retail giant in 20125. He replaces Claire Lorians who remains with the company as Group Innovation Director.

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Vodafone restructures, names CEO of tower business

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Vodafone has appointed its current Rest of World CEO Vivek Badrinath as the cEO of its new European tower business. No successor to Badrinath will be sought as Vodafone is abolishing the Rest of World regional organisation and integrating it elsewhere in the company.

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Former BT boss joins board of AI firm

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Former BT CEO Gavin Patterson has joined the board of AI and analytics firm Fractal. Patterson, who departed BT in January, has also recently been appointed as Salesforce EMEA Chairman.

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Max Taylor rejoins Vodafone

Max Taylor has rejoined Vodafone as consumer director. Taylor had previously spent a decade at EE where he was most recently Managing Director, Marketing.

Jeff Dodds has been named as Virgin Media chief operating officer. Dodds replaces Lutz Schuler who will takeover as CEO in June.

Wilkin Lee joins Oppo

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Wilkin Lee has joined Oppo as Business Development Director for the UK. Lee joins from Xiaomi having previously spent six years at Honor.

Gigaclear gets new CEO

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Gareth Williams is the new CEO of Gigaclear. Williams, who was previously CEO of Interoute, replaces interim chief executive Mike Surrey.

Intel recruits Qualcomm CFO as new finance chief

Qualcomm CFO George Davis has left Intel to take up the same role at rival Intel.  Davis joined Qualcomm in 1997 and held his most recent role since 2013.

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BTGS has named Roger Woodend as its first Director of Media and Technology. Woodend has been at BT for 15 years and will head up the newly-established global team from New York City.

CityFibre names Simon Holden as Group COO

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Simon Holden has been appointed to a newly created position of Group Chief Operating Officer at CityFibre, reporting directly to CEO Greg Mesch. Holden joins from Holdman Sachs, where he spent 18 years in London and New York.

A1 Comms appoints O2 alumni as Business MD

Steve Heald has been named as the new Managing Director of A1 Comms’ businessn division. Heald joins from O2 where he was head of B2B direct partners.

Colt appoints new head of mobile connectivity solutions

Mark Gilmour is the new Head of Mobile Connectivity Solutions at Colt Technology Services. Most recently he was Senior Advisor for Product Line Management Cellular and Wireless at Ciena.

Philip Jansen assumes control of BT

Philip Jansen has formally succeeded Gavin Patterson as CEO of BT following a transition period. Jansen was previously co-CEO of Worldpay

Nokia has named Sandra Motley as President of its Fixed Networks Business Group. Motley replaces Federico Guillén who is the new Nokia President of Customer Operations and joined the company as part of the Alcatel-Lucent merger in 2016.

Hyperoptic names new ISP Managing Director

Charles Davies is the new MD for Hyperoptic’s ISP business. Davies will work to build the Hyperoptic brand and will report to CEO Dana Tobak.

GSMA appoints new chair

Orange CEO Stephane Richard has been named the new Chair of the GSMA. He will be responsible for overseeing strategic direction that the mobile industry body.

BT Security CEO quits the company

BT Security CEO Mark Hughes is leaving his position to take on a “senior” role at another company, reports the FT. Hughes had spent 16 years at BT and will now oversee a transition period.

 BT has confirmed Worldpay joint-CEO Philip Jansen will become its new chief executive next year, ending the search for a successor to current boss Gavin Patterson. 

Mobile phone case manufacturer Tech21 has named its former marketing director and head of sales Colin Woodward as its new CEO. Woodward has 20 years experience in the technology industry having previously served at HTC and Sony

 

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