8/12/2009 4:33:00 PM
Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke quits Orange
Orange’s most senior sales chief Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke has quit the business, ending a five year career with the operator.
He told a small number of senior executives early this week and is set to leave the business at the end of the month before taking a senior role at an Asian operator.
Van Overbeke’s departure comes amid several imminent senior appointments at Orange in the coming weeks.
He was expected to tell key suppliers such as Carphone Warehouse at the tail end of this week, and had even drafted a memo seen by Mobile.
Van Overbeke talked of ‘a new adventure’ in his memo and added: ‘I simply couldn’t turn down this fantastic opportunity.’
His decision has sent shockwaves through the senior echelons at Orange having been given a vast remit last summer under CEO Tom Alexander’s ‘Agenda’.
Van Overbeke was responsible for all of Orange’s consumer sales and upgrades (prepay, contract and broadband) through all of its direct and indirect channels.
It presents a challenge to Alexander who is poised to restructure his senior management team.
Alexander has informed staff of the changes and promised senior appointments this week.
Alexander told staff: ‘Over the last few months, I’ve been looking at the size, shape and structure at the top of the business to ensure we are operating to the best of our abilities, and I’ll let you know the outcome of this piece of work just as soon as I can.
‘What I can tell you is that there will be more changes to the management team soon, including the appointment of key personnel as early as this week.’