The head of Swisscom’s enterprise arm is leaving the operator after a 17-year career.

Christian Petit, who is also a member of Swisscom’s executive board, will leave at the end of July “to take on a new challenge in digital transformation”, according to a statement.

The operator praised his “tremendous commitment in various management roles”, which included a six-year stint as head of its consumer division.

Petit is being replaced by the current Head of Enterprise Sales & Services, Urs Lehner, with immediate effect.

Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi said: "Mr Lehner is an established telco and IT specialist with tremendous leadership experience and excellent customer relationships, making him the perfect fit for the role.

“[He] has an outstanding knowledge of our business and the needs of our customers.”

Lehner has been with the operator for six years and takes over a unit with 4,700 employees and 5,000 customers.

Swisscom said “heavy price pressure” on traditional telecoms services was to blame for a 3.8 percent fall in enterprise revenues, to CHF586 million, in the first three months of the year.

This followed a 1.6 percent fall in enterprise sales, to CHF2.6 billion, in 2016.

Nevertheless, Swisscom said it was “well positioned” as customers look to implement the likes of cloud and IoT services moving forward and said it had gained “a number of prominent corporate customers” this year.

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