10/27/2010 12:46:00 PM
Ericsson man named Cornerstone boss
Former Ericsson chief Kevin Millroy has been appointed head of Cornerstone – the network infrastructure partnership between O2 and Vodafone.
Millroy will replace Rob Crutchley who left in July after spending a year building the Cornerstone team.
O2 and Vodafone announced the deal to share network assets across Europe in March 2009. It is expected to save ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ over the next 10 years.
Millroy will be tasked with making sure the joint venture is working efficiently, and making changes if necessary. He will report jointly to Derek McManus, O2 UK CTO and Jeni Mundy, Vodafone UK CTO.
Millroy has worked in the telecoms industry for 30 years, most recently leading a major networking sharing programme at Ericsson. He was later selected to work within the transition team of the network sharing joint venture between Vodafone and Orange UK.
Prior to that, he was at Vodafone as regional operations director, leading the development of Vodafone UK’s 3G capability and overseeing the deployment of 3,500 sites.
He had started at Vodafone in 2002 as head of national operations, where he was responsible for the management and deployment of the company’s UK networks.
Previously, he had worked his way through the ranks at BT Cellnet, holding a number of management positions including head of service delivery and head of network improvement when the company became O2.