France Telecom chief of staff and Orange veteran Guillaume van Gaver is tipped to be appointed to the role of vice president of sales and loyalty, Mobile News understands, following announcement of Jean-Pascal van Overbeke’s departure at the end of the month.
Van Gaver has been chief of staff at France Telecom for six months, joining in March after spending nearly three years as head of marketing, sales and customer service at Egyptian mobile network Mobinil, in which France Telecom has a stake.
He was director of direct sales at Orange UK from June 2004 to May 2006, after being business development director at Orange France from January 2001 to May 2004, and corporate sales manager there for nearly three years.
He entered France Telecom as a corporate key account manager in November, 1996.
Orange UK confirmed the appointment.
Van Overbeke’s departure was unexpected by Orange UK chief Tom Alexander. Van Overbeke was highly regarded in the sales channels, particulary by senior management within high street independents Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U.
Orange insiders suggests van Gaver will have a job to match van Overbeke’s close relationship with those key retailers in particular.
However van Gaver is close to Orange senior executive vice president Olaf Swantee, and is highly regarded within France Telecom.