4/20/2009 12:35:00 PM
Moat poised to join T-Mobile as MD
The Guardian has said that former Orange chief Richard Moat is poised to join T-Mobile as its new MD.
Mobile reported earlier this month that Moat was tipped to be in line for the job. Moat, a Briton, would join from Orange Romania, where he has been CEO since September 2004, but has also had CEO roles for Orange in Thailand and Denmark.
Moat will replace Jim Hyde as MD of T-Mobile, who announced he would leave the company in January to go back to his home country of the United States.
T-Mobile would not confirm the news.
Vodafone could face trouble in its plans to advance into Africa by buying the continent’s biggest mobile company after a trade union sought a court order to block the purchase.
Vodafone plans to buy am additional 15% stake in Vodacom, a company it currently splits 50-50 with South Africa’s state control Telkom.
The Communication Workers Union said it would try to stop Telkom selling its shares to the UK group, claiming that it had not been properly consulted.