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30 January 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Ian Dench, who was group chief commercial officer at Ooredoo, has become CEO of the company’s Oman operation.
Dench has been with the Ooredoo group since 2006, when it
was Qatar Telecom. He was chief marketing officer from 2012 and
took over as group chief commercial officer in early 2016,
succeeding Cynthia Gordon when she moved to Millicom Africa as
As CEO of Ooredoo Oman, he "will lead the company through the
next phase of network enhancements and the digital evolution of
products and services to customers across Oman", said the
Dench takes over from Greg Young, who resigned from Ooredoo
Oman – formerly called Nawras – in October
2016, citing "personal reasons". Young has not updated his
biography on LinkedIn. Jörgen Latte, CFO of Ooredoo Oman,
was acting CEO until Dench’s appointment.
The move comes as the government of Oman is considering licensing a third operator to compete with
Ooredoo and Omantel in a saturated market.
Dench began his telecoms career at BT before becoming vice
president of business development at O2, while the mobile
company was being split off from BT. He also spent three years
at Batelco as general manager of sales and marketing.