Telefónica loses head of Spain in digital-focused, “generational” overhaul

The head of Telefónica’s Spanish operations is set to depart as part of a wide-ranging shake-up at the operator.

Luis Miguel Gilpérez is leaving as CEO at Telefónica Spain after more than six years in the role.

Telefónica did not say why 58-year-old Gilpérez was leaving or provide details of his future plans.

He will be replaced by Emilio Gayo, who currently heads up the opco’s marketing activities.

The division will also see María Jesús Almazor, previously Director of Southern Spain, taking on the newly created role of COO.

Meanwhile, at the group level, the General Counsel area will be unified with the Public Affairs and Regulation area.

Group General Secretary Pablo de Carvajal will head up the new combined unit.

The Human Resources unit will now report directly to Executive Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete and be led by Marta Machicot, Head of HR at Telefónica Digital.

Meanwhile, Mario Martin will become CEO of infrastructure unit Telxius, which was spun off by Telefónica in 2016.

Natalia Sainz, until now director of Financial Planning and Coordination, will replace Martin as Director of COO Office.

There will also be changes in Latin America, where the overarching unit was split into a southern cluster focusing on Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay and a northern one focused on Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Central America.

The former will be headed by the group’s former Director of HR, Bernardo Quinn, while the latter will be headed by Alfonso Gómez Palacio.

The new structure and appointments are subject to the approval of Telefonica’s Board of Directors, with a meeting set to take place 31 January.

Chairman Álvarez-Pallete said: “The digital world requires permanent renewal and this informs the proposed new structure.

“The generational change in Telefónica’s organisational structure will help simplify the company and make it more agile, with definitive focus on management, customer service, growth, efficiency and profitability.”

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