O2 revealed on Friday that it is to split the role of sales director between Ben Dowd and Steven Shurrock.
The operator announced the two would be promoted to take over the role of Mark Stansfeld, the industry’s longest serving sales director who is quitting the job at the end of the month to take up non-executive directorships in O2 and elsewhere.
Ben Dowd was general manager of business sales, and Shurrock was head of consumer sales through multiple stores, such as The Carphone Warehouse. The two now become Business Sales Director and Consumer Sales Director, respectively.
Dowd is credited for growing O2’s share of the business market, in an area dominated by Vodafone, during his two and a half years in the role.
It is understood the plan to line up the duo for promotion was drawn up around six months ago, when the business was reorganised to give them more prominent roles.
‘Both are very strong individuals, with very strong relationships in their respective sectors. Ben knows the business channel very, very well. And Steven has strong relations with Stat at Carphone (UK CEO Andrew Harrison) and Tim (Whiting, MD of ) Phones 4u,’ a senior O2 source told Mobile.
Stansfeld will step up to become a non-executive director of the O2 group from next month, a move that was announced when UK CEO Matthew Key took a European role. He will also take a number of positions in other companies.