Vodafone poaches O2 prepay chief


Vodafone is understood to have recruited O2 head of prepay Michael Williamson as its new global head of acquisitionsWilliamson, is currently in to his second month of gardening leave and will join Vodafone in November to undertake the newly created role of global customer acquisitions.

His new role, based in Paddington will include seeking opportunities in acquisition for Vodafone in a number of countries it operates in including the UK, Spain and Ireland.

Williamson  spent seven and half years at o2, joining in March 2003 and was part of the team which saw the operator move from fourth largest to the biggest prepay network in the UK.

He has worked in a number of different prepay roles including those in customer retention, head of acquisition. He become O2 head of prepay in 2008 and oversaw the launch of various proposition including Top Up Surprises and O2 Simplicity.