HomeCXO InterviewsStephen van Rooyen appointed CEO of VodafoneZiggo

    Stephen van Rooyen appointed CEO of VodafoneZiggo


    Previously he held a variety of senior positions at Sky during a 17 year stint, most recently as CEO of Sky UK & Ireland

    Vodafone Group and Liberty Global announced that Stephen van Rooyen has been appointed CEO of VodafoneZiggo and will take up the role this September. The previous CEO, Jeroen Hoencamp, is retiring. Ritchy Drost, VodafoneZiggo’s CFO will be acting CEO until van Rooyen takes up the reins. 

    Previously, van Rooyen was CEO of Sky UK & Ireland and Chief Commercial Officer for the Sky Group. In his 17 years with Sky, he worked various roles in the UK, Germany, Italy, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland.

    He contributed to several major product launches there, including Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband, NOW TV as well as the evolution of Sky’s TV platforms, Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream.

    Growth and innovation

    Mike Fries, Liberty Global’s CEO, comments: “Stephen is an exceptionally talented executive with a strong track record of driving growth and innovation over the last two decades with Sky. He brings with him deep expertise in brand, products and innovation which is exactly what we need in the competitive Dutch market.

    “I’d like to thank Jeroen Hoencamp for his years of great service and friendship and wish him all the best on his next journey.”

    “Having been based in London for many years, I look forward to a new experience, for both me and my family, living and working in the Netherlands,” van Rooyen says. He will be based at VodafoneZiggo’s headquarters in Utrecht.

    The Dutch operator is a joint venture between Vodafone Group and Liberty Global.