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Dave Dyson to step down from Three UK CEO role

Jasper Hart
March 5, 2020

Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan to succeed Dyson

Three UK CEO Dave Dyson will step down from his role at the end of March, the operator announced today.

In a statement, Three said Dyson took the decision for personal reasons. He will be succeeded by Three Ireland CEO Robert Finnegan on March 30. Finnegan will retain his current role, as Three Ireland and O2 Ireland near completion of a merger.

Robert Finnegan

“With the integration of the Three and O2 business in Ireland largely complete, we now have a solid platform to look at the next phase of our development,” said Finnegan. “Collaborating more and progressively aligning operations and platforms with Three UK is an obvious opportunity and I am excited to be taking on this challenge as the CEO of both operations.”

Finnegan has been Three Ireland CEO since its launch in 2005. According to Three, he has grown its market share from one per cent to 36 per cent in that time, and Three Ireland now carries more data than all other Irish operators combined.

Dyson will continue in his current board roles at the operator, and as a senior executive resource to Three’s parent company CK Hutchison Group.

He joined Three in 2006 as chief financial officer. He became chief operating officer in 2009, before assuming the CEO role in 2011.

During his tenure as CEO, Three launched its 4G and fixed-wireless and mobile 5G services. This year, it also signed a kit sponsorship deal with Chelsea FC. At the launch of its 5G broadband service last year, Dyson stated the aim to reach 20 million customers by 2024.

Commenting on his decision, Dyson said: “Three UK is very well positioned to grow in the market after a period of investment in 5G spectrum and more modern IT systems and processes. Robert joins at an exciting time in our history and the combined assets of the UK and Ireland businesses are a fantastic platform to deliver against customer demand. I wish Robert and all the employees of Three UK and Ireland the very best and I am delighted to be staying involved at Board level and as a senior executive resource to CKHGT.”

Dyson’s is the second high-profile departure from Three’s UK executive team in 2020, following director of strategy and architecture Phil Sheppard.

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