LONDON Dec 12 Telefonica (TEF.MC) has promoted
Ronan Dunne, the former chief financial officer of its UK
telecoms business, to succeed former UK chief Matthew Key, the
Spanish telecoms company said on Wednesday.
Telefonica said 44-year-old Dunne, who has been credited
with integrating The Link retail store chain, will take over
from Key as chief executive of O2 UK next year.
Key, under whose stewardship O2 UK has become the top
British mobile phone company in terms of revenues and customers,
is becoming chief executive of Telefonica O2 Europe -- the
Spanish group's European telecoms businesses outside Spain -- to
replace Peter Erskine, who is resigning.
(Reporting by Kirstin Ridey; Editing by Quentin Bryar)