Ericsson is opening a new HQ in the UK later this year and has hired a new Chief Legal Officer.

The new facilities at the Thames Tower in Reading (pictured) will feature a Network Operations Centre from which the vendor will manage over 25,000 mobile base stations and 500,000 radio cells across the country.

Set to open before the end of the year, the HQ will host all of Ericsson’s staff currently housed at its offices in Guildford and Newbury.

Marielle Lindgren, Head of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said: “Establishing our new headquarters in Reading marks the start of another chapter of innovation and collaboration in Ericsson UK.

“It brings us closer to our customers and creates an exciting opportunity for us to be at the heart of one of the UK’s leading IT and tech hubs, enabling us to attract the most talented ICT practitioners.”

The announcement came as the Sweden-based vendor reshaped its top team.

Xavier Dedullen has been recruited from building materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim to become Chief Legal Officer and Head of Legal Affairs & Compliance.

Dedullen replaces Nina Macpherson, who is retiring after 22 years at Ericsson, next month.

He worked at Verizon for nearly nine years until 2013 in a number of roles and also served as a director at ECTA.

In addition, CTO Erik Ekudden has joined the company’s Executive Team for the first time. He was appointed CTO last July.

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