Mobile industry and tech channel moves for March 2020

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James Kitto promoted to UK & Ireland VP Sales

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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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Pekka Lundmark replaces Rajeev Suri as Nokia CEO

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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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Phil Sheppard Departs Three

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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 appoints interim chief executive

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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 steps up as Virgin Media COO

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.

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