Deutsche Telekom has hired the former head of Vodafone UK’s consumer business, while eir has appointed the Managing Director of Ireland’s national public service broadcaster.

Srini Gopalan joins the Germany-based operator as Board member for Europe from Bharti Airtel, where he has served as Consumer Director since September 2013.

He takes over from Claudia Nemat next January, after DT announced last week that it was splitting up its Europe and Technology arm to bring its network and IT team together.

In addition to his role at Vodafone, Gopalan has previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile UK.

DT Chief Executive Tim Hoettges said: “We're strengthening technology and IT with the new Board department on the one hand, while on the other hand we're strengthening our expertise on marketing and sales with our new head of Europe who has extensive experience with consumers.”

Meanwhile, eir has hired the Managing Director of Ireland’s national public service broadcaster to head up its TV business.

The operator described the hiring of the RTÉ’s Glen Killane as a “clear proof point” that it was serious about succeeding in the content business.

Earlier this week, eir rebranded the Setanta Sports Channel business it acquired last year as eir Sport.

The launch also saw eir announce a series of new content rights, including the 2019 Men’s Rugby World Cup.

Killane, who joined RTÉ in 1996 and held a number of roles, including Head of Sport, also serves as Chairman of the European Broadcasting Union.

Jon Florsheim, Managing Director of eir’s consumer division said, “This is a really fantastic appointment for the company and a very strong addition to our TV team.

"We have significant plans for both our eir Sport brand and our wider eir TV proposition.

“With Glen’s experience I am confident he will drive the development and implementation of our ambitious strategy.

“We are on a very determined mission to demonstrate that eir really is a changed company –our continued significant national fibre rollout programme, the recent successful launch of eir Sport and today’s announcement of Glen’s appointment are all clear proof points that we are serious about this mission”.

 

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