• Richard Brennan to leave Orange at end of October
• Mobistar CEO Bernard Ghillebaert appointed as EVP Marketing, Products and Technology, Orange Group
Orange has announced changes to its Executive Team with the appointment of Bernard Ghillebaert as executive vice president of Marketing, Products and Technology. The appointment follows Richard Brennan’s personal decision to fulfil a lifelong ambition and travel the world. Richard will leave Orange at the end of October, having been with the company for 11 years.
Bernard Ghillebaert will be transferring to a new Orange Group role from his current position as CEO of Mobistar, the Belgian subsidiary of Orange. He will be responsible for Marketing, Products and Technology for Orange worldwide.
Richard will work closely with Bernard during the four-month transition period to ensure a full and comprehensive handover. A replacement for Bernard at Mobistar will be announced in the coming weeks.
Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of the Orange Group, said: “Bernard will bring valuable operational experience and a strong track record in disciplined execution and commercial focus to his new group role. He has produced world class results in a competitive environment and was a pioneer for the whole GSM industry. His performance and drive make him a great asset to the Orange executive team.”
He added: “I would also like to thank Richard for his tremendous contribution to the business and the industry as a whole over the last 11 years. His loyalty and commitment to the Orange brand, in particular his support in delivering our vision of one Orange, have been unwavering. I hope Richard will stay in touch with Orange and maybe even play a part in the continuing bright future of the company.”
Richard Brennan said: “After more than a decade at Orange, it is obviously a difficult decision to leave this great company. However, I feel that the time is right to fulfil a life-long ambition of mine.”
He added: “Orange will continue to grow, innovate and break down the barriers, just as it has always done. With all the great people within the company, and the passion and ambition that they display, I can honestly say I believe now more than ever, that the futures bright, the futures Orange.”