Everything Everywhere culls directors


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Everything Everywhere, the owner of Orange and T-Mobile, has cut more than a tenth of its managers as the new chief executive continues his streamlining of Britain's largest mobile phone operator.

Following a senior management review, the company has shed 22 directors and vice-presidents out of a total of 125 who reported directly to the board. Among the departing executives are Emin Gurdenli, the vice-president of network services. All will leave over the next few weeks. A spokesman for Everything Everywhere said yesterday: "The new structure will help the company be more nimble and ensure it is keeping in touch with customers' needs."

The executvies who remain are currently reviewing the size of their own teams and will report back over the next six weeks with recommendations about whether more jobs should be cut.

Olaf Swantee took over as head of Everything Everywhere last month, He was an executive at Orange's previous parent company France Telecom before the merger with T-Mobile in 2009. The Dutch economics graduate, 45, replaced Tom Alexander, who announced his resignation in July. On Mr Swantee's first official day in the office, he said the number of board members would be more than halved as he introduced a "more simplified structure for the company".

The decision to cut the senior team from 26 to 10 saw the departure of the deputy chief executive, Richard Moat, and the chief commercial officer, Andrew Ralston. Everything Everywhere also said it had made permanent Fortis Karonis's appointment to the role of chief technology officer.