Hanway to replace Shurrock as O2 Ireland boss on November 1


Former O2 UK consumer director Stephen Shurrock to move to global role within Group’s new Telefonica Digital business unit, and be replaced by Tony Hanway on November 1

O2 Ireland CEO Stephen Shurrock will step down from his role to take up the new position of global chief commercial officer in the Group’s new Telefonica Digital business unit.

Shurrock (pictured right) will be succeeded on November 1 by current O2 Czech Republic consumer director Tony Hanway (pictured left).

Shurrock left his role at O2 in the UK to head up the company’s operations last December, replacing Danuta Gray.

His new role comes as a result of the reorganisation of the wider Telefonica Group, announced on September 5. He will be responsible for global partnerships and devices – both hardware and software – as well as core communications including voice, messaging and social networks.

Telefonica Digital, which aims to boost the Group’s presence in the digital world and leveraging growth opportunities, driving innovation and strengthening the product and service portfolio, will be headquartered in London with regional offices in Madrid, Sao Paulo, Silicon Valley and hubs in Asia.

Shurrock has been at O2 for over a decade and in January 2008 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.

Hanway joined O2 in March 2005 as consumer sales director in Ireland. He has headed up the operators consumer division in the Czech Republic since last December, managing a team of over 4,000 people retail, online and customer care functions.