Tom Alexander resigns from Everything Everywhere


CEO of joint venture steps down for personal reasons and will be replaced by Olaf Swantee

Everything Everywhere CEO Tom Alexander has resigned from his position for personal reasons. He will leave the post on September 1 2011.

Alexander (pictured) will be replaced by current France Telecom executive vice president, operations in Europe (except France) Olaf Swantee.

Alexander will assist Swantee with the transition until the end of the year, the operator says.

It is not known if Alexander will take up a new position with another operator or company either in the UK or aborad.

Alexander joined Orange in 2008 as CEO of the UK business. He became CEO of Everything Everywhere when the company was officially formed on July 1 last year following the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.

“It’s been my privilege to serve Everything Everywhere these past twelve months, and Orange before that,” Alexander said in a statement.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished: we conducted a rapid integration of the new company, completing a companywide restructuring, and maintained good commercial momentum throughout, delivering record retention levels and growth on our contract customer base across both brands.

“There is never an easy time to leave a company that you care deeply for but, for personal reasons, I feel now is a good moment to step back.”

He said Swantee would make an “excellent” CEO and thanked his staff for their “great work and support”.

Santee meanwhile said he looked forward to taking up the role and paid tribute to Alexander’s work.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Tom’s leadership, and I am looking forward to building on the successes that Everything Everywhere has already accomplished, and to taking on the challenge of moving the company even further ahead in the coming months and years,” Swantee said.

Everything Everywhere chairman and Deutsche Telekom chief financial officer Tim Höttges said: “Olaf Swantee has a deep knowledge of Everything Everywhere’s business and has been a director on the Board of the company since its very beginning, and is ideally placed to provide both continuity and progression.

“He has the strong support of both parent companies, with his extensive European-wide mobile experience, and was recently instrumental in the forming of the Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom Global Procurement Alliance.

Everything Everywhere board member and deputy CEO and chief financial officer of France Telecom Gervais Pellissier said: “We would like to thank Tom Alexander for his significant accomplishments at Everything Everywhere and wish him well in the future.”