Swedish mobile operator Tele2 has appointed Jeff Dodds as the new chief executive for its Netherlands subsidiary.
 

The ex-CMO of Virgin Media takes over from Ernst Jan van Rooijen, the interm CEO following the departure of Gunther Vogelpoel in November 2013. Van Rooijen will continue as CFO.

The news follows the departure of strategy chief Roxanna Zea, who announced her departure in Jaunary because of differing views on the company's future.

Zea had been on the job since September 2012 and was previously strategy chief at Google.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Jeff to the Tele2 family. We feel confident that he will be able to maximise our Dutch business and fulfill the growth potential that we are pursuing in the market,” said Mats Granryd, President and CEO of Tele2.

Dodds takes over a business, which operates as an MVNO, that is growing. Tele2 Netherlands reported revenues of €590 million in 2013, up 3.1 percent from a year earlier.

It registered a net customer intake to 62,000 in Q4 2013, taking its total mobile customer base to 694,000.

However, Tele2 as a whole saw 2013 revenues fall by 2.9 percent to €3.4 billion. Net profit dropped from €110 million to €74 million over the same period.

The operator’s total group mobile, fixed line and broadband customer base fell from 15.4 million to 14.7 million during the year.

In its home market of Sweden, the operator reported revenues of €1.3 billion, down 1.9 percent from a year earlier.

Last month, Tele 2 finalised the sale of the Swedish residential cable and fibre operations and customers to Telenor for €88.5 million.

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