Virgin Media appoints Tony Hanway CEO of Ireland operations

16th October 2015

Virgin Media today announces the appointment of Tony Hanway as CEO of its operations in Ireland.

Tony 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, Tony held senior roles at AOL Europe including Managing Director AOL Europe Operations Ltd and Vice President AOL UK.  He was Chairman of the Irish Telecom and Internet Federation between 2013 and 2014.

Tony joins on Monday 19 October and, following a short transition with Magnus Ternsjo, will take up the role and join the VM Executive Committee from Monday 2 November.

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.

Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO, said:

“Ireland is an important growth market for Virgin Media. 

“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.”

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.

The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. And we’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises.

Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.

We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services to customers. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.

Through Virgin Media Business we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest widely available broadband speeds and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 27 million customers across 14 countries.

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