O2 UK boss Dunne shortlisted for major business award


Operator’s CEO competing against four others for the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year prize, which recognises their impact on the culture and success of their businesses 

O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne has been shortlisted for the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year Award, part of the annual National Business Awards.

He will be up against four other business leaders, including Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf CBE and Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene. The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on November 11.

O2 said Dunne has been shortlisted for the award “for navigating O2 through a major period of transformation as the longest serving CEO in the telecoms sector, and redesigning its business model to disrupt the industry.”

Dunne has been at the forefront of some major launches and decisions over the past few years. One of these is the launch of O2 Refresh, a tariff launched in April 2013 that enables customers to change their handset when they want without penalty. It has helped the operator maintain market-leading churn of one per cent.

Another is the sale of O2’s broadband and fixed line business to Sky for £200 million in March 2013, which saw half-a-million of its customers transfer on completion of the deal almost two months later. At the time, Dunne said the sale would help the O2 brand focus on its mobile offering, in particular developing 4G services.

The National Business Awards is entering its 13th year, and is expected to attract more than 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives.

The winner will be chosen by a combination of the public vote and a peer ballot of over 40 executives. Members of the public can vote by visiting www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk with a deadline of October 28.

The judging panel will be chaired by Telegraph Media Group deputy editor Allister Heath, and will comprise of business leaders including UBM chairman Dame Helen Alexander, chief executive of UK Trade & Investment Dominic Jermey, BBC Business Economics correspondent Joe Lynam and Big Issue Invest chairman Nigel Kershaw.

They will gather at a private screening of video interviews of the finalists on October 29 to debate the attributes of each and vote for the strongest candidate.

The Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year Award recognises the personal impact of the UK’s most high profile leaders in the culture and success of their organisations and the industries they operate in. Judges will be focusing on transformation and how the candidates have led it in the most successful way considering the context of their organisation.

Dunne said: It’s a great honour to be nominated and to represent Telefoinica UK at the National Business Awards. I am privileged to lead a digital communications company filled with talented hard-working people and this nomination is recognition of everyone’s achievements.”