Axe to fall on management in JV


Senior and middle management roles will be axed in the integration of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK as their ‘Everything Everywhere’ joint venture is brought to market.

The new enlarged business has established a leadership team of 13 Orange executives and 10 T-Mobile executives to bring the new company strategy off, with each member to cherry-pick their departmental team from existing Orange and T-Mobile personnel.

Everything Everywhere chief executive Tom Alexander said there will be staff casualties at both senior and middle management level in the integration, starting officially July 1. 

At the same time, Alexander said frontline staff serving the company’s customer base of 30 million will go unaffected.

Alexander said: “The natural synergies come from what we will save on power, backhaul, network infrastructure, IT infrastructure, IT systems, billing systems and, of course, some management roles.

“It’s a big business. We’re putting together the number three and four operators in the UK to create the number one, and that process creates natural synergies and there will not be roles for every vice president. Not everyone can come on that journey. But the vast bulk of them can”

He added: “Obviously, in terms of the front line, we have 30 million customers and we want to build on that, and we are going to expand retail. So the massive numbers in call centres and stores will not change because we will get more customers. The huge number of people directly supporting customers will not be affected.”