Three UK CEO steps down as company aligns European operations

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson has announced that he is stepping down just as the company makes steps towards “greater alignment” of its European operations.

Dyson says he is stepping down for personal reasons and will be succeeded by Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan. Dyson will continue to serve on the company’s board.

“Three UK is very well positioned to grow in the market after a period of investment in 5G spectrum and more modern IT systems and processes,” says Dyson. “Robert joins at an exciting time in our history and the combined assets of the UK and Ireland businesses are a fantastic platform to deliver against customer demand.”

Finnegan, meanwhile, will remain in his role as CEO of Three Ireland. Three Ireland is currently nearing the completion of a merger with O2 Ireland so the company is seizing the opportunity to “take the next step towards greater alignment” of its European businesses.

“With the integration of the Three and O2 business in Ireland largely complete, we now have a solid platform to look at the next phase of our development,” comments Finnegan. “Collaborating more and progressively aligning operations and platforms with Three UK is an obvious opportunity and I am excited to be taking on this challenge as the CEO of both operations.”

Dyson has been Three UK’s CEO since 2005 and helped the operator grow its marketshare from one percent to 36 percent. Three highlights that, under Dyson’s leadership, Three Ireland became the largest data network in the country and now carries more than all of the other MNOs combined.

Canning Fok, MD of Three-owner CK Hutchison, said: “We are always looking to create competitive advantages that support our growth aspirations. 5G is an exciting opportunity for both businesses and it’s a good time to pool our resources across the UK and Ireland to do that.”

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