1/14/2009 1:08:00 PM
Jim Hyde resigns as T-Mobile's UK MD
Jim Hyde has resigned as UK managing director of T-Mobile and will leave the company at the end of March.
He is leaving to join NTELOS, a regional fixed and mobile operator in America. T-Mobile has not given any indication of possible replacements.
The current sales director, Gordon Ballantyne, is reckoned by many to be the frontrunner to take over from Hyde. Others close to the matter believe the parent company in Germany will opt for a young and promising executive from T-Mobile's group business in Germany with a finance background to take the helm, while others say it is likely to be a Brit outside the telecoms industry.
Hyde meanwhile said: 'The person stepping in has to have extraordinary leadership skills, be able to make an impact in a competitive market and certainly an ability to manage the relationship with our parent company.' (see full interview)
Hamid Akhavan, CEO of T-Mobile International, said: ‘We appreciate Jim’s contribution during the many years he spent at T-Mobile and while we respect his decision, we are sorry to see him leave.
’On behalf of the Executive Committee of T-Mobile International I would like to wish Jim every success with his future endeavours.’
Hyde moved to T-Mobile UK in January 2006 from T-Mobile USA, where he held a number of leadership positions, including vice president of sales and operations. Hyde worked at T-Mobile in the UK and US for 12 years.
See Jim Hyde talking at last year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona here