Opera Telecom, the fastest growing international provider of premium-rate mobile services, has appointed Peter Charlesworth as Director of Operations, as the company continues its recruitment drive in order to sustain its position at the forefront of the industry.
Charlesworth will be responsible for operational development at Opera Telecom, working closely with the sales and product design teams to ensure effective and efficient resource management and to develop existing company operational policies in order to make best, and most profitable, use of staff and technology across the Opera Telecom Group.
Opera Telecom is predicting rapid business growth at a time when many of its competitors are experiencing a downturn in revenues. The company achieved a 100% increase in profits and turnover in the year ending May 2004, with revenues at £90.4 million and profits at £5.4 million, and further business expansion is planned during the next 12 months.
Commenting on his appointment, Charlesworth says, “This is an excellent time to be joining Opera Telecom as the company continues to buck the trend in the industry by expanding on an international scale, despite the fact that many of its competitors are issuing profits warnings and losing market share.
Charlesworth continues, “The nature of the mobile services industry is that it is very fast moving, and I look forward to working with the team from an operational perspective to ensure that the company is well positioned to capitalise on new and emerging markets, channels and technologies, as and when the opportunities arise.”
Prior to joining Opera Telecom, Charlesworth was Product Group and Marketing Communications Director at Profund Systems, a provider of administration software. Here he directed the company’s change from a service organisation to a product-focused business. Before this, he worked as a freelance Business Consultant, assessing, analysing, and implementing Merger & Acquisition strategies, as well as expanding and downsizing operations for Venture Capitalists and Integrator companies.
Gary Corbett, Managing Director of Opera Telecom, concludes “Our financial forecast remains very positive and having achieved rapid year-on-year sales growth since our foundation in 2000, we are now looking to bring on board experienced and knowledgeable industry professionals in order to support the company during the next stage of its business development. Peter will be a key part of this and the experience he brings with him will be invaluable within his new role.”