Orange director of devices, Francois Mahieu, will leave the company as a result of the operator's merger with T-Mobile to form Everything Everywhere, Mobile understands.
Mahieu (pictured) will be replaced by T-Mobile head of terminals and operations, Phil Roberson, who will be appointed as device marketing director in the coming weeks.
The move comes after Everything Everywhere confirmed a ‘small number’ of senior management level directors would be leaving the company as a result of the merger.
Both Mahieu and Roberson featured in Mobile’s Power502010.
Mahieu has been an integral part of the operator’s UK strategy to secure multimedia high-end handsets.
He was part of the team that successfully negotiated deals for the iPhone, the exclusive on the LG watchphone and the Motorola Dext.
Roberson is credited with being the most powerful head of devices among the operators as his job encompasses a much wider reach than those of his peers. As well as overseeing the company’s handset portfolio, his scope of influence at T-Mobile extended to purchasing, trading and stock control.