Three UK CEO Kevin Russell quits

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Kevin Russell to return to Australia after four-and-a-half years in the job, with COO Dyson taking up the position on July 1

Three UK chief executive Kevin Russell is to leave the operator at the end of the month. He will be succeeded by Three UK chief operating officer David Dyson (pictured) from July 1.

Russell is likely to return to Australia with his family after four-and-a-half years leading the UK operation. He is planning to take a six month sabbatical from work in order to spend time with his family.

Russell took up the top job at Three UK in 2007 and has since focused on restructuring the business and moving it into profit on a sustainable basis, a goal the operator said it reached in 2010.

Russell said: “This is a good succession plan for Three UK. Dave has a great track record working across Hutchison’s 3G businesses. He has been a key member of my team.”

Dyson joined Three UK as chief financial officer from Three Group’s Australian business, now Vodafone Hutchison Australia, where he had also held the same role. Prior to that he worked in the Group’s Swedish business as deputy chief financial officer. He became chief financial officer of Three UK in 2009.

Dyson said: “Kevin has put a tremendous amount of energy into putting our UK business on a sound footing. We are in a very strong position and I am looking forward to building on the growth we are now seeing.”

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