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Three UK Bids Farewell to CEO Dave Dyson for Personal Reasons

Thursday, March 5th, 2020 (11:25 am) - Score 6,363
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Mobile operator Three UK has today announced that after 9 long years their CEO, Dave Dyson, is to step down from his role for “personal reasons.” Replacing him will be the current CEO of Three Ireland, Robert Finnegan, who from 30th March 2020 will act as CEO for both operators (talk about a workaholic!).

The move could almost be described as the end of an era for Three UK, except for the fact that Dyson will continue to serve in all of his current Board roles and as a senior executive resource to Three’s parent company CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings (aka – ‘CK Hutchison Group Telecom’ or simply ‘CKHGT’).

In today’s statement Three UK said that one of the groups “core objectives” has been to move progressively towards a “greater alignment of Three Group Europe’s businesses and platforms. With the merger between Three and O2 in Ireland nearly completed, and the opportunity to appoint a new CEO of Three UK, now is the time to take the next step towards greater alignment.”

Meanwhile Robert has been Three Ireland’s CEO since the company’s launch in 2005, growing the operator’s market share from 1% to 36% in that time.

Canning Fok, MD of CKHGT, said:

“We are always looking to create competitive advantages that support our growth aspirations. 5G is an exciting opportunity for both businesses and it’s a good time to pool our resources across the UK and Ireland to do that. I would like to thank David for his significant contribution as the CEO of Three UK and I look forward to continuing to work with him both in his Board roles and as a senior executive resource to CKHGT going forward.”

Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three Ireland, said:

“With the integration of the Three and O2 business in Ireland largely complete, we now have a solid platform to look at the next phase of our development. Collaborating more and progressively aligning operations and platforms with Three UK is an obvious opportunity and I am excited to be taking on this challenge as the CEO of both operations.”


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16 Responses
  1. badbanana says:

    Another 3 Executive has left the building. Wonder if the UK government restricting Huawei gear has anything to do with it…

    1. Z says:

      He’s still going to be serving as a board member for Hutchinson, so he’s still affiliated with Three.

  2. Vlad says:

    He’s probably ashamed of the so called 5G rollout. It is only lies and deception Three have fed their customers in the last 6 months as their services worsened considerably.
    Their customers are asked to switch to 3G as their 4G service is ridiculous and has been for the past few months.

    1. Mike says:

      The 5G rollout while delayed is still on schedule and will have roughly the same coverage as other operators at launch.

    2. Ryan says:

      Agree they have officially “launched” 5G in areas the size of a postage stamp in each town.

      4G has gone to pot and now even 3G is getting congested in London.

      Left them for EE and won’t be back.

    3. pothole pete says:

      Three doing what they always do best, offer cheap as button contracts and let their masts become over subscribed. No doubt their “100MHZ” 5G they keep boasting about is going to suffer the same fate once it becomes more widely available.

    4. David says:

      I agree Ryan. I tried EE 5G and got about 600mbps but I get 450 on 4G so I downgraded again. I never use the 1TB allowance. I did however once fo over 2TB on Virgin Media’s 4G and never had a problem. Was using it as a hone connection whilst waiting for a new line to go in.

      O2 and Three are junk around here, Vodafone is not much better – it’s EE or nothing for me.

    5. Mike says:

      It really depends on your area, Three can be a real bargain in some areas and provide high speeds, especially good for landline replacement.

    6. dave says:


      “ The 5G rollout while delayed is still on schedule”

      So which is it?

    7. lee says:

      They should adopt the model of sprint in the US.
      They use midband 5g and in an instant virtually covered the whole population.
      True, they are not as fast as so called true 5g but with stable and reliable speeds in excess of 300mbps, they can instantly cover the whole population while at the same time build up true 5g from scratch. Far more economically viable and practical.

  3. Mike says:

    I suspect the Huawei hurt Three, would also explain the 5G delay.

  4. Mike says:

    Three UK is moving its head office from Maidenhead to Dublin.

  5. Guy Cashmore says:

    Well for me Dave Dyson is a hero and I wish him all the very best for the future. Three were the first to offer truly unlimited data over a UK mobile network, it broke the mould and forced the hand of the others. This was an absolute game changer for those of us who otherwise would be stuck on long ADSL lines for many years yet. Dave if you are reading this, cheers!

    1. John says:

      Agreed, left a 10mb ADSL2 line with constant failures due to decaying copper to a robust 50mb, luckily I am rural and the mast has not been affected by the current 4G/5G issues but still miles better than BT even if they restricted me to 15mb.

  6. Essa Moshiri says:

    There is a much negative about the CEO. While i can agree the network performance over last 2 year has declined what they are competing with is price. Now If i had only one line i would consider other operators which i had for moment, but the matter of the fact is that when i pay only 8 pound for 8 gig and unlimited sms and voice + that i can use my minutes and data in over 73 countries, it makes it extremely compelling.

    Now should they invest in their infrastructure yes, they should.

  7. ORbit says:

    I actually agree he did a good job – even though currently we’re dealing with some horrible problems with Threes traffic shaping (which they probably will fix eventually).

    They’re the only company that offered me a genuine alternative to bad fixed line BB that wasn’t overpriced and didn’t force me to pay line rental for outdated infrastruture. They were disruptive to the industry, and forced the other companies to price cut they’re home 4G BB packages (so I’ll have somewhere to move to!)

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