Kennedy heads wholesale sales at TalkTalk as Thompson moves on

Kennedy heads wholesale sales at TalkTalk as Thompson moves on

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TalkTalk has promoted Ruth Kennedy to be head of sales at its wholesale division. At the same time Richard Thompson, former managing director of wholesale, has left the company.

And on the same day UK-based TalkTalk has recruited Adam Dunlop from Dixons Carphone to be managing director of supply and partnerships, with Jan Collins taking over the leadership of the company’s group fibre development team.

Kennedy (pictured) has been with the TalkTalk group for 10 years, most recently as group fibre development director.

In 2020 she took on a strategic role reporting directly into the CEO, Tristia Harrison, to lead and build a new team looking specially at business development across all business units. The aim was to use assets, customers and relationships to identify new revenue streams, or expanding existing ones.

That led to her appointment in January 2021 as group fibre development director, a role created as part of TalkTalk’s commitment to enable more businesses and communities “to make the leap to full fibre connectivity”.

Thompson “has decided to leave TalkTalk to pursue a new challenge”, said the company in its announcement. He was with the group for 20 years, having started as partner account manager in 2002. His LinkedIn profile says: “Seeking a new opportunity”.

Adam Dunlop, the new managing director of supply and partnerships, said: “I’m looking forward to leading TalkTalk’s vital relationships with Openreach, CityFibre and other infrastructure players. We are perfectly positioned to benefit from increasing build competition, so we can democratise full fibre for our customers and partners across the UK.”

Jan Collins was head of the company’s business to consumer division and will now report to Dunlop as she takes over the fibre development role once held by Kennedy. She has worked for Cisco, as head of cloud collaboration, Virgin Media Business and Vodafone before joining TalkTalk in September 2020 as head of wholesale consumer services.



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