Tele2 names James at CEO of Dutch arm

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James Pearce
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Swedish operator Tele2 has named former Con Hem COO Jonathan James as the new CEO of its Dutch operation

James has more than 20 years experience in the telecoms and media space, having previously served as group strategy director, then director of broadband, for UK-based broadband provider Virgin Media. 

His most recent position was with Swedish cable operator Con Hem, where he was chief operating officer from February 2014. He took the reins at Tele2 Netherlands today (6 March).

James said: “I am delighted to be joining the Tele2 family. The team have created an excellent platform in the Netherlands, in particular the advanced mobile network and unique brand - I am looking forward to helping accelerate the business’ growth.”

James will take over the role from Malin Holmberg, who will leave the company after more than seven years, in which she has held numerous senior positions. No reason was given for Homberg’s departure.

During her time with the company, Holmberg had overseen the launch of the world’s first 4G-only network in November 2015. Holmberg will stay with the company until 30 June.

Allison Kirkby, president and CEO, Tele2, said: “I am excited to welcome Jon to the Tele2 family. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the telecoms world and has delivered great results in his previous roles. I am confident that his leadership will enable Tele2 Netherlands to execute the next phase of our strategy. 

“I would also like to express my great appreciation to Malin for leading Tele2 Netherlands during this important phase of mobile roll-out and operational restructuring. Malin has been a key contributor to Tele2 over the last years, driving market share growth in Croatia and also adding value to Group and Market Area Central. I wish her every success in the future.”