Virgin Media confirms Tony Hanway as CEO for Ireland

16 Oct 2015

Former O2 Ireland CEO and consumer director Tony Hanway has been named as the successor to Magnus Ternsjö as CEO of cable TV, mobile and broadband player Virgin Media in Ireland.

It emerged last week that Ternsjö was leaving Virgin Media, formerly UPC Ireland, to head up UPC’s operations in Hungary.

Hanway is a seasoned tech industry executive who, prior to his role at O2, held senior positions at AOL across Europe, including as managing director of AOL Europe Operations and vice president of AOL UK.

‘Ireland is an important growth market for Virgin Media’

He was chairman of IBEC’s Telecoms and Internet Federation (TIF) between 2013 and 2014.

UPC Ireland rebranded as Virgin Media earlier this month at a glitzy shindig that was hosted by Virgin founder Richard Branson.

“Ireland is an important growth market for Virgin Media,” said Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO.

“I am delighted we have secured an executive of Tony’s calibre to lead the team and deliver on our big plans to boost competition for consumers.”

Hanway takes his new position on Monday 19 October and after a short transition period with Magnus Ternsjö will join the Virgin Media executive committee on 2 November.

“These are truly exciting times for our business in Ireland and I look forward to playing my part in delivering a great experience for our customers,” said Hanway.

“At Virgin Media, we’re investing in the future:  for our business, for consumers and for Ireland.”


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years