AlanDick, the cellular, radar, enterprise and communications infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of John May as its new European regional director
John, who joins the company from Wireless Facilities International, where he was the firm's managing director for EMEA, was previously technology operations director with Vodafone (1999 to 2004); head of programs and operations, and head of prepay with Cellnet (now O2) (1992 to 1999) and company program manager with Hutchison Microtel, later to become Orange (1990 to 1992).
Although recruited as IT operations manager with Hutchison Microtel, John soon started reporting directly to the company's managing director as the company prepared to launch the Orange GSM 1800 network in 1994.
"We installed our first base station back in 1991 and I was responsible for the program delivery of all aspects of business pre-launch preparations for what was to become Orange," he said, adding that, when he moved to Cellnet as head of engineering programs in 1992, he took on a similar multi-functional role, and in 1995 also took over responsibility for all IT and network operations as the company's head of service delivery,
Joining Vodafone as network implementation director in 1999, John later took on responsibility for the pre-launch preparations for Vodafone's 3G services in the UK, and for the Vodafone Ericsson 3G network delivery program into five other countries, ranging from Portugal to Japan.
"When I was given the challenge of the UK 3G program, we quickly realised that we needed a tag line for what 3G brought to the table and the marketing guys came up with concept of Vodafone Live, which was initially 2G (GSM) and later became 2.5G (GPRS), before being launched as a key feature of the 3G service," he said.
As a cellular industry veteran with outstanding multi-network experience, John joins AlanDick at a time of significant change in what has become a multi-topology wireless industry.
As regional director with AlanDick, he will be responsible for boosting revenues for the company's various country operations across Europe.
Interestingly, he sees significant growth potential in Central and Eastern Europe, where GSM take-up has been rising steadily in recent years.
"We can tap into that growth, and produce profits in those countries, but only if the costs of staffing in those countries is contained. This can be achieved by taking on and training local staff, rather than simply parachuting in ex-patriate staff from the UK and Western Europe," he said.
Wayne Skinner, AlanDick's group sales and marketing director, said that John's approach to country operations fits in well with the company's ethos of "training the trainers."
"This has always been our strategy with in-country operations. We're in the countries we are in for the longer term and you can only achieve long-term growth and profitability if you are prepared to invest. AlanDick invests in its local staff for the future. We are unique in this regard, as we take a global view on the future of the market," he explained.
Commenting on John's appointment, Wayne said that he will be a valuable addition to the management team, both now and in the future.
"John's experience has been gleaned from his international assignments in his various positions with the carriers. He has a wealth of experience and expertise that we plan to utilise as we continue to expand our operations, both in Europe and worldwide," he said.
Notes to editors:
John May, 52, speaks French and German in addition to his native English and is married with three children. He has an honours degree in civil engineering and is a corporate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
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AlanDick, founded in 1971, is a world-leading communications organisation spanning 5 continents and serving the wireless, fixed line, broadcast and radio communications markets.
The company boasts a unique service providing comprehensive infrastructure solutions for broadcasters, telecoms providers, cellular network operators, plus aeronautical and military users. Its ability to plan, develop, manufacture, deploy and manage these communication networks internationally won the company The Queen's Award for Enterprise for the third time in April 2003.
In addition, AlanDick offers a wide range of services including site acquisition, logistics, network operations (NOC), radio network engineering and training academy.
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