Onecom welcomes Ben Dowd as CEO

Katey Watkins News, Onecom, Onecom Group

Onecom has appointed Ben Dowd as its new CEO.

Ben will drive Onecom’s ambitious expansion plans, building on its position as the UK’s leading independent business communications provider. Darren Ridge, who founded Onecom and has led the organisation for the past five years, will assume the role of Group CEO of Onecom Group Limited.

Ben brings with him more than two decades of telecoms industry experience – he was previously a member of O2 (Telefonica) UK’s executive board for 10 years. Reporting directly to Darren Ridge, he will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to significantly grow Onecom’s business, through organic and inorganic means, over the next three years. He will also be responsible for Onecom’s day-to-day operations.

Commenting on the appointment, Darren said: “Ben shares my passion for driving Onecom forward and has a formidable track record and reputation in the industry.

“There are significant opportunities for growth ahead, both organically and inorganically. The acceleration of digital infrastructure in 5G and superfast fibre will drive new and enhanced data and digital services including IoT (Internet of Things), all of which will drive enhanced productivity and efficiency benefits for UK businesses. Onecom is ideally positioned to exploit this opportunity.

“In addition, the channel for fixed and mobile services continues to consolidate. Given Onecom’s size and ambition, the opportunity now exists for Onecom to take advantage of this.

“Ben is a hugely respected leader who will bring additional insight and strength to the senior team at Onecom, and I am delighted to welcome him.”

“Ben’s two decades of experience include his most recent role at O2, where he was responsible for all of the company’s direct and indirect consumer and business distribution routes to market. He was instrumental in building O2’s unified communications and digital services businesses, and in creating its public sector business.

Ben said: “I have known Darren for many years and have always respected the way he has achieved success with Onecom through partnerships and acquisitions while always putting customer experience at the heart of everything the business does.

“Darren’s ambition for the business is completely aligned with mine, and I am excited and energised by the challenge of taking Onecom on a new journey of ambitious growth as it stakes its claim as the UK’s leader in business communications technology.”