Tuesday 25 October 2016

Who is Ronan Dunne, the Dubliner mulling an O2 takeover?

Published 16/05/2016 | 09:20

Ronan Dunne
Ronan Dunne

So who is Ronan Dunne, the Dubliner reportedly mulling a takeover of O2?

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A self-proclaimed financial geek from an early age- according to an interview with Chartered Accountants Ireland - Mr Dunne has been head of O2 in the UK since 2008.

Educated in Blackrock College and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he initally wanted to become a lawyer but was persuaded into the world of accountancy after the Leaving Cert markers went on strike in the early 1980s.

The managing partner of what is now Deloitte had got in touch with Mr Dunne's school to see if any students left waiting for results wanted to come on board.

By his mid 20s, Mr Dunne was the head accountant at Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP). Later he joined the National Freight Corporation (NFC) - a British transport business - and joined O2 when an NFC colleague became the mobile operator's CFO.

In an 'Irish Times' interview earlier this year, Mr Dunne said his biggest challenge was when O"'s network crashed for 19 hours, prompting calls for his resignation. He had said he would step down if the merger between O2 and Three's parent CK Hutchison took place, but now it looks like he could be at the company a lot longer.

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