Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO O2 Europe
Matthew Key became Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Europe at the start of 2008. Prior to this, he was CEO of O2's largest business, O2 UK.
He joined O2 UK in February 2002 before becoming CEO on 1 February 2005. In his three years as CEO, he oversaw a turnaround of the business, as the company significantly outperformed the market and all of its competitors. Specific highlights during this period include O2 becoming Apple's exclusive partner for the iPhone, the opening of The O2 (now the world's most popular entertainment venue) and the creation of a 50:50 joint venture, Tesco Mobile.
Telefónica Europe operates in 5 countries - UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland & Slovakia. The Company has 56 million customers, a turnover of more than €15bn and Operating Profit of €4bn. The Company's product range across Europe, encompasses multiple communication services and fledgling businesses in personal media and financial services.
Prior to O2, Matthew held various financial roles with Vodafone, Coca-Cola & Schweppes, Grand Metropolitan and Kingfisher. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in London
in 1987, having previously achieved a first class honours degree in Economics from Birmingham University. He is married with three children and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Lord Bilimoria, Founder & Chair Cobra Beer
In 2006 Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first every Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. Lord Bilimoria is President of the UK-India Business Council, former Deputy President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University and the youngest ever university chancellor at the time of appointment at one of Britain's largest universities, and he is a former Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. He has served on the Government's National Employment Panel, and was Chairman of the Panel's Small and Medium Enterprise Board from 2001 to 2005. Lord Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, and Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, which remains one of the fastest growing beer brands in the UK. In 2004 he was awarded the Commander of the British Empire, and in 2007 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India
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