Management team

Management team

 

Here's our Executive Committee

Find out about their roles at Virgin Media and previous career experience. 


 

Tom Mockridge

Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined Virgin Media as Chief Executive Officer in June 2013 having spent the previous two decades working for News Corporation in a variety of senior roles across the world. He started his career as a newspaper journalist in his native New Zealand, then in Australia, before becoming an adviser and spokesperson for the Federal Treasurer, the Honourable Paul Keating.  In 1991, he joined News Corporation’s newspaper business and went on to hold executive positions at Foxtel in Australia, Star Group in Asia, Independent Newspapers in New Zealand, Sky New Zealand, Sky Italia and News Corporation’s television operations across Europe. In July 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive of what was then News International in the UK. Tom has served as Deputy Chairman of both BSkyB and Sky Deutschland.

 

Tom Mockridge - Chief Executive Officer

Dana Strong - President and Chief Operating Officer

Dana Strong

President and Chief Operating Officer

Dana Strong was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media in April 2017. She leads our Consumer division, with end-to-end responsibility for consumer business including go to market strategy, product development, sales and marketing, customer experience and base management.

Dana has held many key positions within Liberty Global’s operations since 1999. Up until she re-joined Virgin Media in April 2017, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer for Liberty Global, leading the transformation team and establishing the LibertyGo growth programme. From July 2013 until August 2015, Dana worked as the Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, following two years as Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Global’s Ireland operations. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of AUSTAR United Communications Ltd, at the time a Liberty Global subsidiary.

 


Robert Dunn

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Virgin Media in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, Robert was Managing Director of UPC Netherlands from 2011. He spent just over a decade with UPC, serving as Managing Director of UPC Ireland from 2006 till 2010. Before this, he was CFO of UPC Broadband, the cable television and triple play division of Liberty Global across Europe.  Robert has been Director of UPC Polska LLC since June 2000.

Before joining Liberty Global, he was Group Controller of Impress Packaging Group and, from 1988, he worked for a decade with Price Waterhouse. 

 

Robert Dunn - Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Lynch - Chief People Officer

Catherine Lynch

Chief People Officer

Catherine was appointed Chief People Officer in 2017. Catherine has spent more than two decades in HR, with a focus on financial services and retail. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she moved to Virgin Media from financial services company Towergate, where she was Group HR Director. Catherine previously held senior HR roles at BGL Group, Barclaycard, Santander UK and Sainsbury’s. In her early career Catherine worked as a store director for House of Fraser and store manager for Tesco.

 

 

 


Tony Hanway

Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media Ireland

Before joining Virgin Media Ireland as CEO in 2015, Tony spent a decade at Telefonica where he was Chief Commercial Officer of Telefonica Deutschland from 2013, and CEO of O2 Ireland from 2011.

Before this he was Consumer Director of Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, and worked for almost a decade at AOL Europe where he was latterly Vice President of UK Customer Care and Managing Director of AOL Europe Operations ltd.  Tony has over 20 years’ senior level experience in the ICT industry, and has a MSc in Human Resource Management from Leicester University.

 

Tony Hanway - Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media Ireland

Jeff Dodds - Managing Director, Mobile

Jeff Dodds

Managing Director, Mobile

Jeff re-joined Virgin Media as Managing Director – Mobile in May 2017. Previously, Jeff spent almost five years here, most recently as our Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for marketing, commercial strategy and customer experience.

Prior to re-joining, Jeff worked for TalkTalk as Managing Director responsible for Mobile. Before that, he spent two years living and working in the Netherlands as the CEO of telecoms business Tele2, where he oversaw the build and launch of its 4G mobile network.

Before moving into telecoms, Jeff was the Group Marketing Director for Callaway Golf Europe, and prior to that he worked at Honda UK.

Jeff has an MBA and an MSc in International Marketing. In his limited spare time he acts a trustee of the Dallaglio Foundation, the charity set up by former England Rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio.

 


Peter Kelly

Managing Director, Virgin Media Business

Peter has been Managing Director of Virgin Media Business since 2013, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the B2B technology industry. He was Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK for 5 years where he oversaw the acquisition of Cable and Wireless, as well as driving fixed telecoms, mobile, and IT services to all sectors; small and medium businesses, multi-national enterprises, and public sector. Prior to this Peter was President of Enterprise EMEA at Nortel for 17 years where he was responsible for a $1bn enterprise business across 30 countries. He started his career at GEC Plessey Telecommunications.

 

Peter Kelly - Managing Director, Virgin Media Business

Rob Evans - Managing Director, Lightning

Rob Evans

Managing Director, Lightning

Rob was appointed Managing Director, Lightning in April 2017, taking full end-to-end responsibility for the £3bn investment programme to expand our ultrafast fibre optic network to 17 million homes and businesses. As well as reporting to Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge, he also reports to Balan Nair, Liberty Global Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, so we can leverage the scale and support of Liberty Global’s Technology and Innovation function.

Prior to his appointment as MD Lighting, Rob was Managing Director of Core Networks & Operations within the Liberty Global Technology and Innovation organisation from January 2016 to February 2017 and Chief Information, Network and Technology Officer with us from April 2015 to December 2015. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the Vice President of Network, Data Centres and Global Operations at BP International, and Vice President of Network Engineering at Cable & Wireless.

 


Alexander Lorenz

Managing Director, Integration and Operations

Alexander was appointed Managing Director, Integration and Operations in August 2017. Prior to this, he was Vice President - Integration and Access for UPC from August 2014 to July 2017. Alexander previously worked for Kabel Deutschland and his career has also included positions with Agilent Technologies, Inet Deutschland GmbH, Group3G UMTS GmbH, Viag Interkom and Siemens AG.

 

Mine Hifzi - General Counsel

Brigitte Trafford - Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Brigitte Trafford

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Brigitte joined Virgin Media in February 2014 as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.  She is responsible for public policy, regulatory and government affairs, communications, charity, sustainability and corporate hospitality.   Before this she had run the corporate communications departments of three of the UK’s biggest public companies – ICAP plc, Lloyds Banking Group and ITV.  Between leaving ITV and joining Lloyds Banking Group she founded a strategic communications consultancy whose retained clients included Thomson Reuters, The New York Times, Clear Channel International and Oxford University’s Centre for Business Taxation.

Previously she was global head of communications and chief spokesperson for Dow Jones, publishers of The Wall Street Journal, based in London and then New York.   She is on the advisory board of Blurb Inc., a profitable online book publishing company based in San Francisco.

 

Mine Hifzi

General Counsel

Mine was appointed General Counsel at Virgin Media in 2014. Prior to her appointment at Virgin Media, she was at Scripps Networks Interactive as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Legal Affairs, International where she led the legal, regulatory and government affairs team, and was also responsible for commercial negotiations.

Mine spent around 14 years at Discovery Communications in a number of senior roles. These resulted in her appointment as Senior Vice President and Chief International Counsel leading the international legal department, and subsequently regulatory and government affairs.  Before this, she held senior positions at Turner Broadcasting Systems Europe Ltd, and United International Pictures. In her early career, Mine worked in private practice at Clifford Chance LLP.

 

Mine Hifzi - General Counsel