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Robert Finnegan

Robert Finnegan was appointed as CEO of Three UK and Ireland in March 2020 having been Three Ireland’s CEO since the company’s launch in 2005 and led the acquisition of O2 Ireland in 2014.

As CEO of Three UK, Robert is responsible for utilising the UK’s leading spectrum portfolio to deliver a great experience for its 10 million customers and has a mandate across both CK Hutchison businesses to accelerate meaningful growth opportunities.

Three Ireland, is one of the country’s leading mobile operators with 35% market share, over 2.3 million customers and carries over 65% of all mobile data traffic in Ireland. Robert is committed to providing its customers with a better connected life through meaningful products, best in class service and a connected network experience.

Robert worked for CK Hutchison (formerly Hutchison Whampoa) in Hong Kong for thirteen years before he joined Three Ireland. There he served as CEO of its beverage division, Watson’s, where he strategically led the development of its water business in China and Europe, building it to market leader position. He also initiated and led the divestiture of Powwow to Nestle for US$545m. Prior to his role as CEO at Watson’s, he held positions as Financial Controller and Finance and Strategic Planning Director at Hutchison for six years.

In addition to Three, Robert is also a non-Executive Director of AMCK, a leader in the Irish aircraft leasing market in Ireland and a CK Hutchison sister company of Three.

A qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Robert has also held senior finance roles at Procter and Gamble and Allied Domecq.

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Elaine Carey

Elaine Carey is Three UK and Ireland’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Elaine joined Three Ireland as Head of Sales in 2008 becoming Chief Commercial Officer in 2013 before taking on the combined UK and Ireland role in March 2020.

At Three UK, Elaine, spearheads all of the business’s consumer commercial activities and using the UK’s largest spectrum portfolio to deliver a great customer experience. Her role includes devising and managing Three’s propositions and products portfolio, managing the retail footprint, overseeing ecommerce, customer care and all digital and brand activities along with the management of our partnership with Chelsea FC.

A graduate of business and computing from Limerick IT, Elaine started her career with Esat Digifone and then moved to Digicel in the Caribbean where she was part of the management team that set up the Digicel business in markets including St Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and others. In 2006 Elaine returned to Ireland and took up the role of Head of ICT with Eircom where she spent two years setting up its ICT division before joining Three in 2008.

Elaine is a Board member of Three UK, Three Ireland and CK Delta, which are all owned by multi-national conglomerate, CK Hutchison Holdings.

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Darren Purkis

Darren was appointed chief financial officer for Three in June 2018 having working at Three for almost a decade, most recently as deputy CFO.

In additional to his traditional CFO duties , Darren is also responsible for our network share with EE, MBNL and ensuring that we can deliver an amazing customer experience while controlling our costs.

Prior to joining Three, Darren was previously finance director at Warehouse Fashions and prior to this various Finance roles across the retail sector at Borders Books, Kingfisher plc and Marks & Spencer Group plc.

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Susan Buttsworth

Susan Buttsworth is Three’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for driving Three’s overall network and IT transformation that will deliver a world-class 4G and 5G network and innovative products and services for our customers

Susan has worked for the CK Hutchison Group since 1996 and has delivered large scale network and IT deployments across the Group.

In addition to her role at Three, Susan also leads CKH Innovations Opportunities & Development (IOD); a telecom unit of CK Hutchison Holdings. CKH IOD comprises of cross-border wholesale and enterprise opportunities, data monetisation and digital consumer products and services.

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, a Master’s degree in Commerce from Macquarie University and is a Certified Practising Accountant in Australia.

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Amanda Lambert

Amanda is responsible for ensuring that Three enables our people to fulfil their potential and that they feel fully supported to deliver the best experience for our customers.

Since taking on the role, Amanda has developed a People experience strategy, overseen the refurbishment of our main office locations so they are even better environments to work in, introduced agile ways of working so that different teams across the business work as effectively as possible and launched a ‘wellness’ programme with a focus on removing the stigma around mental health to ensure that all of our people can be at their best.

She joined Three UK in February 2009 as Sales Director responsible for retail, online, indirect, business and telesales before moving to her current role in as People Director. Prior to this Amanda spent five years at O2 where she took on three specific roles including Head of Indirect, Head of SME and Head of Online and Telesales.

She began her working career at Xerox where she spent 15 years in a variety of roles across finance, pricing and channel management.

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Stephen Lerner

Stephen Lerner is General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs at Three UK and has worked at the company since 2003. He and his 100-strong team are responsible for driving legal and regulatory strategies for the company.

Stephen is currently overseeing a number of initiatives designed to change restrictive policies in the UK mobile phone market. By challenging the status quo on issues such switching and mobile backhaul, Three hopes to encourage competition in the sector at the same time as giving a fairer deal to customers.

He gained his legal qualifications at the University of Western Ontario and studied for his Masters Degree at McGill University in Montreal.

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