Management team

Management team

 

Here's our Executive Committee

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


 

Lutz Schüler

Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media

Lutz Schüler has been CEO of Virgin Media since June 2019, after spending ten months as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Lutz is also member of the Liberty Global Executive Leadership Team.

Lutz has a great track record in the German telecom market, with many years of strategic and operational experience and extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations across a wide range of products.

Prior to his time at Virgin Media, Lutz was CEO of Unity Media, a position he held from January 2011. Whilst at Unity Media, he played a key role in the acquisition of Kabel BW by Liberty Global and the subsequent integration of both companies. He served in several senior management roles with the Telefónica O2 group from 1998 onwards, lastly leading the integration of Hansenet Telekommunication GmbH as its CEO in Hamburg, when it was acquired by Telefónica O2 in early 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he was Managing Director, Marketing & Sales for Telefónica O2 in Germany. Before joining Telefónica O2 in 1998, he worked as a product manager with T-Mobile.

 

Tom Mockridge - Chief Executive Officer

Robert Dunn - Chief Financial Officer

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. 

 


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.

 

 

 

Catherine Lynch - Chief People Officer

Tony Hanway - Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media Ireland

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.

 


Jeff Dodds

Chief Customer Officer

Jeff re-joined Virgin Media in May 2017 as Managing Director of Virgin Mobile after previously spending five years here, most recently as our Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for marketing, commercial strategy and customer experience. Over the last couple of years, Jeff’s role within the business has expanded. This started out after he became our Chief Customer Officer and the Managing Director of Operations in 2018, which then led into him becoming Chief Operations Officer in June 2019.

Jeff has also worked for TalkTalk as their Managing Director, responsible for Mobile, and before that he spent two years living and working in the Netherlands as the CEO of the telecoms business Tele2, where he oversaw the build and launch of their 4G mobile network.

Before his move 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 Rugby Works, the charity set up by former England Rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio.

 

Jeff Dodds - Managing Director, Mobile

Peter Kelly - Managing Director, Virgin Media Business

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.

 


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.

 

Rob Evans - Managing Director, Lightning

Mine Hifzi - General Counsel

Jeanie York

Chief Technology and Information Officer

Jeanie was appointed as Chief Technology and Information Officer at Virgin Media in January 2019. Prior to this, she spent almost six years at Liberty Global, joining as Vice President of Network Operations in 2013, where she was responsible for network operations across 10 European countries. She was appointed Managing Director in 2017, where her role included responsibility for network engineering and operations.

Before joining Liberty Global, Jeanie held various senior management positions at Qwest and CenturyLink over a period of 15 years. Jeanie has 22 years’ experience in leading telco and cable business strategy, network planning, engineering, technology development and operations. She also obtained numerous executive leadership qualifications, including from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

 


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.

 

Brigitte Trafford - Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Mine Hifzi - General Counsel

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.