UPC Ireland CEO named new COO of Virgin Media

4 Jun 2013

Dana Strong, the chief executive of UPC Ireland who oversaw the cable telecoms player surpass the 1m broadband customer milestone, has been named the new chief operations officer of Virgin Media.

Strong will remain closely associated with the Irish operations as she has been named chairman of the UPC Ireland division.

She will be succeeded in Ireland by Magnus Ternsjö.  Since 2009, Mr. Ternsjö has been managing director of Liberty Global’s Central European Direct to Home (DTH) satellite television business – UPC DTH S.a.r.l. located in Luxembourg – covering Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.  

Dana Strong, who has more than 20 years experience in the telecoms industry, is also chair of the IBEC-based Telecoms and Internet Federation (TIF) and played a key role in the Department of Communications’ National Broadband Strategy.

UPC’s parent company Liberty Global acquired Virgin Media in a deal valued at approximately US$23.3bn.

Another former CEO of UPC Ireland Robert Dunn has also been appointed to a C-level position at Virgin Media, that of chief financial officer.

“This is a very exciting time for our company as Virgin Media joins the Liberty Global family,” Strong said.

“I look forward to contributing to the future growth and development of Virgin’s business in the UK.   As I take up my new role as chief operating officer of Virgin Media, I am also particularly delighted to be appointed chairman of UPC Ireland so that I can continue to contribute to and be a part of its future.”

John Kennedy
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