Shurrock leaving UK role to lead O2 Ireland


O2 consumer sales director to replace Danuta Gray, with business sales director Ben Dowd temporarily taking over Shurrock’s role

O2 consumer sales director Stephen Shurrock is leaving his position in the UK to lead the network’s operations in Ireland from December 1.

O2 business sales director Ben Dowd will take on Shurrock’s role on an interim basis while continuing with his current role. It is unclear at present if Dowd will take this role on a permanent basis.

Shurrock replaces Danuta Gray, who has held the role of O2 Ireland chief executive for the past nine years. She will also leave the Telefonica Europe Board with effect from the end of November.

Gray will however take up the new position of part time non-executive chairman ot O2 Ireland as well as undertaking as advisory role within Telefonica Europe on behalf of chief executive Matthew Key.

Shurrock joined O2 in 2000 and has held a number of senior sales and finance roles. In January 2008 he took charge of the operator’s consumer sales division, managing a team of 4,000 encompassing O2 UK’s high street, franchise, online and indirect channels.

Telefonica Europe chief executive Matthew Key said: “I am delighted that Danuta has agreed to continue as part time non-executive chairman in Ireland and I look forward to working with her in an advisory capacity on a number of projects across Telefonica Europe.

“This is a great opportunity for Stephen Shurrock and I’m delighted that we have been able to promote from within the Group. Stephen’s appointment underlines our commitment to Ireland and the ongoing success of our business.”