Power 50 2016: The big departures in mobile...

Power 50 2016: The big departures in mobile...

To kick off this year’s Power 50 competition Mobile decided to take a look at the big industry departures of the last year.

Some huge characters left the industry in 2015 here’s our breakdown of the 6 exits that really had an impact on the market:

Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE

The biggest senior management announcement came on the first Monday of 2016. Swantee was named the second most powerful person in the mobile in last year’s Power 50 list. The news that he intended to leave was greeted with surprise by many in the industry, although there was also an acceptance that with the BT takeover around the corner Swantee decided his future lay elsewhere

Pierre Perron, President North West Europe, Sony Mobile

There were a number of big name exits from mobile manufacturers in the last couple of years. Several major brands restructured their European businesses as the UK continued to be a tough market for those outside the Apple-Samsung duopoly to crack. Pierre Perron was one of those who paid the price.

Graham Stapleton, CEO, Carphone Warehouse

Since Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse merged back in August 2014 there have been a number of changes within the organisational structure of the business. Changes at the top of the senior management team have seen a number of Carphone Warehouse employees move into the new consultancy business Connected World Services. One of these was Stapleton who followed his mentor Andrew Harrison to the new business segement to specifically manage the relationship with US operator Sprint.

Simon Rayne, UK sales director, Microsoft Devices

Microsoft has undergone a number of changes in the past couple of years, there has been a great deal of movement at the manufacturer as it has transformed the Nokia business it bought back in 2013. Following Conor Pierce’s departure to Samsung in the autumn of 2014 Rayne was appointed as the acting head of the UK business. However, Mirko Aksentijevic was chosen to take the reins in the long term. Rayne has since popped up as Spectralink’s head of EMEA.

Peter Hubbard, UK MD, Tech Data Mobile

It’s been a tough year in distribution and it was little surprise that there were a few casualties in the market as a result. Peter Hubbard’s departure from Tech Data Mobile was one of the most senior departures. He’s not been the only one, structural changes at Ingram Micro have also seen other industry figures depart as the distribution market continues to be a competitive as ever.

Nick Muir, UK GM, Motorola

Motorola was another manufacturer that changed its UK boss in 2015 replacing Nick Muir with Miles Norman. It was yet another demonstration of how tough the manufacturer space has proven to be over the last year. Muir has since surfaced as the CEO of WiIeyfox who entered the market in July.  


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View the full Power 50 list from 2015.


Mobile Power 50

Every year the Mobile Power 50 decides the most influential individuals in the UK’s most exciting industry. From this list the Person of the Year award is decided at present at the Mobile Industry Awards. Now in its 6th edition the prize has been claimed by a host of colourful characters from this dynamic sector. This year there is even more drama and intrigue: Takeovers in the network space, an intensifying battle between manufacturers for consumer attention and a B2B market growing beyond all expectations are all pushing the skills of those in charge to the limit.

The competition is set to expand even further this time around and engage even more with the mobile market. We’re asking the industry to endorse its most powerful figures based on their leader’s skills and vote in head to head battles to decide crucial ranking positions. The process with monthly editorial updates giving our readers the chance to have their say as the 2016 list takes shape. 


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