Manx Telecom appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Manx Telecom has appointed Ed Jennings as Chief Commercial Officer.

During more than 20 years working in telecommunications, digital and media environments he has held senior roles with a number of blue-chip companies around the world including Virgin Mobile, Ooredoo Group, British Telecom, Orange, and Telecom New Zealand (Spark).

At Manx Telecom, Ed is responsible for the commercial strategy of the company. He will be focused on leading the company’s brand, marketing, product and sales teams to create a more holistic, integrated and customer-centred approach with a view to enhancing Manx Telecom’s position as the leading communication solutions provider on the Island. As part of this he will be looking to create innovative, high-quality products to further enhance the company’s comprehensive portfolio.

He said: “The drive to improve the quality and overall value of what Manx Telecom offers is something that we take very seriously and this will be a big focus for me. However, over and above that, my remit is to encourage innovation and to help the business continue to transform and grow. The best way to do that is to identify and develop new business opportunities that deliver value to customers. I’m looking forward to exploring the potential that the company has to become an even more agile and responsive business, and using recent success stories – such as MT clearSound and Manx Telecom’s first Isle of Man demonstration of 5G – to inspire and motivate our products team, our partners and everyone who lives, works and plays on the Island. Manx Telecom is right to be proud of its record of innovation and thought leadership, and I’m relishing the opportunity to play a part in extending that record.”

Gary Lamb, CEO, Manx Telecom, said: “I’m delighted that we have recruited someone with Ed’s outstanding record for achieving business transformation and delivering both world-class customer experience and revenue growth. He brings a vast amount of experience and expertise and is widely respected within the telecoms industry.”

One of Ed’s career highlights was the development and launch of the first Virgin Mobile business in the Middle East. As the CEO of Virgin Mobile Qatar, Ed conceived and developed a brand licensing agreement between Virgin Group and Ooredoo Group.  He then recruited a team of 180 people to develop and launch a distinct Virgin Mobile business with its own retail stores, call centre operation and a clearly defined suite of branded products. Ed developed and launched the new business from scratch in only eight months.

Before setting out on his career in telecoms and digital media, Ed gained degrees in law and commerce, both from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand after passing the IPLS (Institute of Professional Legal Studies) Bar exam at the University of Victoria in Wellington.

He is married with three children. In his leisure time Ed is a keen sports fan – especially rugby – and enjoys playing golf.