Telefónica O2 Europe has appointed Simon Linares as group human resources director and will be responsible for the company’s businesses in Europe outside of Spain.
Linares, 43, takes up his position on July 1 and joins from drinks company Diageo where he was HR Director for the Africa region.
Telefonica O2 Europe chief executive Matthew Key said: "Happy employees means happy customers. Our people and the role our HR team play is vital to everything we do and I am sure Simon will play an instrumental role in ensuring that they will continue to be at the centre of our ongoing success in Europe."
British-born Linares has Spanish parents and is is bilingual in English and Spanish.