Liberty Global names UPC Ireland boss Dana Strong as COO


Strong to take over from Andrew Barron following the completion of Liberty’s $23.3 billion acquisition of Virgin

Liberty Global has appointed Dana Strong as Virgin Media’s chief operating officer. She will take over from Andrew Barron on July 1, who has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities.

Strong has been managing director of broadband provider UPC Ireland for the past two years, where she will remain as chairman. She will report to Tom Mockridge, who will take over from Neil Berkett’s as Virgin’s CEO.

In February, it was announced that international cable company Liberty was buying Virgin in a deal worth $23.3 billion (£14.7 billion).

Mockridge said: “I’m thrilled that Dana has decided to join me and the rest of our management team. Her broad operating background and experience leading one of Liberty’s fastest growing countries will serve her well at Virgin Media, as we look to accelerate the company’s growth agenda.”