Uber’s former Regional General Manager for Northern Europe has joined O2 UK, in one of a number of appointments made by telcos across Europe.

Jo Bertram (pictured) has been appointed as the mobile operator’s new Chief Digital and Strategy Officer, and will begin her new role next month.

Bertram worked at the online taxi service for four years until October 2017, after stints at McKinsey and Accenture.

She will be joined on a revised exec committee by Gareth Turpin, who has been promoted from Director of Customer Service to Sales Director.

O2 UK veteran Turpin first joined the company in 2001 and has held a number of senior appointments during his career.

Betram and Turpin replace David Plumb and Ben Dowd who both left the operator last September.

Mark Evans, O2 UK Chief Executive Officer said: “Both appointments will strengthen the team as a whole, bringing new perspectives from inside and out.

“I am confident that our 50:50 gender split Executive Committee has the talent and capability to take Telefónica UK to the next level.”

[Read more: O2 UK Chief Exec discusses Aura, 5G and spectrum auction]

Meanwhile, Virgin Media has hired TalkTalk’s Head of Ultrafast Broadband to the newly created position of Executive Director, Connectivity.

Richard Sinclair has led the sales, delivery, and build TalkTalk’s emerging fibre network for the past four years.

However, he has decided to jump ship to a rival only a month after TalkTalk announced it had formed a joint venture with Infracapital to pass three million homes and businesses with FTTH.

A Virgin Media spokesperson said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Sinclair as our new Executive Director, Connectivity. We look forward to him joining us in the next few months.”

Further details about the scope of Sinclair’s role were not provided.

The Liberty Global-owned company’s cable and fibre network had reached 14.8 million premises at the end of 2017.

The news follows the January announcement that Virgin Media COO Dana Strong had joined Comcast as President of Consumer Services.

[Read more: We’re leading the UK market in many respects, says Virgin Mobile MD]

Meanwhile, Telecom Italia (TIM) has also made two new hires.

Riccardo Meloni joins as Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, with Stefano Siragusa taking on a new Chief TIM Infrastructures Officer role.

Meloni was previously Head of HR at aerospace, defence and security company Leonardo, while Siragusa was Senior Partner and Director at management consultants Bain&Company.

Finally, Sunrise’s Chief Human Resources Officer Karin Schmidt has resigned after less than two years in the role.

The Swiss operator said she had decided to leave the company to pursue new challenges.

Schmidt joined Sunrise in 2013 as Head of HR Operations Commercial/Finance and took on the CHRO role in May 2016.

She will be replaced on an interim basis by the company’s Chief Services Officer Françoise Clemes.

Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee said: “Karin has successfully supported Sunrise as a modern, people-oriented top employer in the Swiss telecommunications market.

“We have achieved this position thanks to a vibrant corporate culture based on new brand values and an even stronger focus on employee engagement and development - including the highest proportion of trainees of all the telecommunications providers – among other things.”

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