O2 adds four to media sales team


O2 has boosted its in-house media sales team with the appointment of four new members of senior staff.

Joanna Matlub joins from Yahoo!, Rachel Price from 4th Screen advertising, Thien Y Nguyen from Microsoft and Gregor Smith from Orange.

The appointments come as O2’s new Media division opens its O2 Top-up Surprises reward scheme to external brands, giving them a new channel through which to reach O2’s 10 million prepay customers

The O2 Media sales team was formed this year as a new business unit within O2, under the guise of head of sales, Shan Henderson. The four newly appointed members of staff are for senior sales positions, focusing on promoting unified marketing opportunites across O2’s online, mobile and retail channels.

O2 said this would be the first of a series of appointments as the team continues to expand.

Head of O2 Media Shaun Gregory (pictured) said:  “These new channels offer a unique way to reach an engaged audience with true relevancy.

“O2 Media was created to provide a truly personalised media business and innovative solutions that really cut through an increasingly crowded market.”

Launched in November 2008, Top-up Surprises rewards O2 prepay customers every time they top up. Surprises range from extra texts, picture messages and minutes through to prizes such as holidays, TVs and mobile phones.

Blockbuster is one of the first brands to sign up, with a campaign offering a 30 day free trial of the retailer’s unlimited rental service, a £10 voucher to spend in a Blockbuster store or online and £1 off the monthly fee if they chose to take up the unlimited rental service.