Three sales and marketing director Marc Allera is leaving the operator in December, Mobile can exclusively reveal.
Allera becomes the second high profile figure to announce his departure from the operator in less than a week after CEO Kevin Russell confirmed he was leaving last week.
Allera will leave the company in December but take on a CCO role until then. It is understood that he is leaving because he wants to take on a CEO role, which he is unable to do in the near term as COO Dave Dyson will take on Russell’s position in July. Allera has been with Three for more than 10 years, the past four of which have been focused on leading sales and marketing.
Allera's current role will now be split into sales and marketing functions. Amanda Lambert, Three UK’s sales director, will be promoted to the senior management team and will report in to Dyson with responsibility for all consumer and business sales.
Tom Malleschitz, currently marketing director at Three Austria, will join the UK senior team as marketing director. Malleschitz has enjoyed success in driving marketing at Three’s sister company, which faces many similar challenges to Three in the UK market. Dyson said: 'I am pleased to be in a position where we can confidently promote from within the Group for these important roles.'
Dyson, who takes over from Kevin Russell as Three UK CEO on 1 July, added: 'As we’ve focused in on the changes we should make to enable our growth to accelerate, Marc has made it clear in discussions with Kevin and myself that he would like to take up a new challenge with the Group, or beyond, at the end of 2011. He believes this is the right decision and the right timing, not only for himself, but also for the business and I respect and understand his decision.
'I and other members of the senior management team have enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with Marc for many years and he has played a vital role in creating a strong platform for our future growth. I will be sad to see Marc leave but confident that he will use the strong skills and experience gained while at Three UK to great advantage in his future career.'
Allera said: 'I’ve thought long and hard about this decision. At this stage in my career, I want to lead at the highest level and I am also actively considering international opportunities given that our children are still young enough for us to be flexible as a family. So, rather than sit on my thinking until later in the year, given the level of commitment Dave and the team will require from my area, I have decided I should communicate my position now so that I can plan my future in the way I wish to and the business can move ahead in an open way with my succession plan.
'I may stay within Hutchison, which I admire for its drive, professionalism and incredibly talented people, or take up a role outside the group that has felt like a family to me for the past decade. It is very likely that I will stay focused on the mobile, internet and hardware technology ecosystem having been at the heart of developments over the past ten years.'