Virgin Media has appointed Tony Hanway as CEO of its operations in Ireland.
Hanway has held a number of roles with Telefonica across Europe, including CEO of O2 in Ireland, consumer director of O2 in the Czech Republic and, latterly, chief commercial officer of O2 in Germany. Prior to joining O2, he held senior roles at AOL Europe including managing director of AOL Europe operations and vice president of AOL UK. He was chairman of the Irish Telecom and Internet Federation between 2013 and 2014.
UPC Ireland became Virgin Media earlier this month and launched its first mobile deal for consumers. Subject to regulatory approval, the company has also agreed to acquire TV3, the largest commercial broadcaster in Ireland.
“Ireland is an important growth market for Virgin Media,” commented Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO. “I am delighted we have secured an executive of Tony’s calibre to lead the team and deliver on our big plans to boost competition for consumers.”
Commenting on his appointment as CEO of Virgin Media in Ireland, Tony Hanway said: “I am deeply honoured to be joining the Virgin Media team. These are truly exciting times for our business in Ireland and I look forward to playing my part in delivering a great experience for our customers.
“At Virgin Media, we’re investing in the future: for our business, for consumers and for Ireland.”
Hanway joins on next week and, following a short transition with Magnus Ternsjo, will take up the role and join the VM executive committee from Monday 2 November. Ternsjö is moving to become the head of UPC Hungary, a sister company within the Liberty Global group. He joined UPC Ireland as chief executive in June 2013 and became a member of the Virgin Media executive committee last December, when John Malone’s Liberty Global decided to merge UPC Ireland with its operations in the UK.