Vodafone UK chief leaving for top job at Canadian network

Oliver Smith
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VODAFONE UK chief executive, Guy Laurence, stood down yesterday with immediate effect to become chief executive of Rogers Communications, Canada’s largest mobile network.

Laurence – who has held Vodafone UK’s top job since 2008 – will be succeeded by Jeroen Hoencamp, former chief executive of Vodafone Ireland. In a note to staff earlier today, Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao congratulated Laurence on the move.
“We have all appreciated his energy, his change management mentality and his extraordinary ability to engage and motivate.­”
Laurence led several major deals while at Vodafone UK including securing Apple’s iPhone for the network in 2009, and negotiating the deal with Telefonica to pool their UK networks to allow broader coverage last year.