4/16/2008 12:03:00 PM
Heads of supply chains at top operators all move
Four of the five major operators have seen key changes taking place in their supply chains over recent weeks.
Heads of the supply chains at O2, 3 and Orange have all moved on this month, and Vodafone’s supply chain boss departed the company just over six months ago.
T-Mobile is the only major network not to see changes among those in charge of handset supply.
One industry analyst said: ‘You don’t often see a merry-go-round like this in one specific area of the industry.
‘But there is nothing going on to cause it – no conspiracy theory. It appears to just be one of those things.
‘The interesting thing will be to see who will replace the vacant roles.’
O2’s head of supply chain, Peter Duggan, is leaving the operator after more than 10 years with the company, Mobile revealed last week.
Duggan will be replaced by Nick Lefever, who is leaving 3 after more than four-and-a-half years. 3 is now looking for a replacement.
Lefever has overseen the development of the supply chain at 3, and previously worked at Vodafone and Cellnet, before it became O2.
Mark Franklin, Orange’s supply chain director, left the company earlier this month, having worked there since 2005. Terry Muldoon has been brought in as interim supply chain director.
Franklin will join mobile phone recycling company Regenersis next week, as managing director of the company’s environmental services division.
Kevin Paterson, Vodafone’s long-term supply chain boss, vacated the role just over six months ago, and was replaced by Geoff Weller on a short-term basis.
Weller has since left the position following last month’s announcement of a restructuring exercise at Vodafone. Bosses say Weller will not be replaced and there is no vacancy.