Olaf Swantee to replace Tom Alexander as CEO of Everything Everywhere
Telecommunications company Everything Everywhere has appointed Olaf Swantee as its new Chief Executive Officer. Swantee will take up his new role on 1 September.
He will replace Tom Alexander who will be leaving to pursue other interests. Alexander will step down from his post as 31 August, but will continue to advise the company, and support Swantee in the transition, until the end of the year.
Swantee is currently executive vice president of european activities and sourcing for France Telecom-Orange and is also an Everything Everywhere board member. With 17 years experience in the IT industry, he has held senior leadership, sales and marketing positions with HP, Compaq and DEC in Europe and the United States.
Commenting on his appointment Swantee said: “I’d like to pay tribute to Tom’s leadership, and I am looking forward to building on the successes that Everything Everywhere has already accomplished, and to taking on the challenge of moving the company even further ahead in the coming months and years.”
Alexander joined Orange in 2008 as CEO of the UK business. He became CEO of Everything Everywhere when the company was officially formed on 1st July 2010 following the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. He has been credited with the company's rapid growth and last month announced plans to add a further 30 stores to the company’s existing 750 strong store portfolio.
Alexander said: “There is never an easy time to leave a company that you care deeply for but, for personal reasons, I feel now is a good moment to step back. I am delighted to welcome Olaf into his new role. Olaf will be an excellent CEO and leader for Everything Everywhere moving forward. I’d like to thank my team and all the staff at Everything Everywhere for their great work and support, and to wish them all continuing success in the future.”
Tim Höttges, chairman of Everything Everywhere’s board and chief financial officer of Deutsche Telekom, said: “Olaf brings the vision, drive, skills and years of experience to build on the good progress at Everything Everywhere and execute on our immediate priorities, such as providing superior customer service, network leadership, retail expansion and continuing to increase our operational margins.”
Gervais Pellissier, member of Everything Everywhere’s board, deputy CEO and CFO of France Telecom, said: “We would like to thank Tom Alexander for his significant accomplishments at Everything Everywhere and wish him well in the future.”
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