Arqiva has appointed former eir CEO Paul Donovan as its new CEO.

Donovan, is currently a non-executive director of Arqiva, and has previously been been CEO of Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group. He was also a member of the Group’s Executive Committee at Vodafone where he led the Group’s emerging markets businesses.

He replaces Simon Beresford-Wylie who has been Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and will work with him during a transition period.

“On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Simon for his outstanding contribution over the last five years. Under his leadership we have seen a considerable improvement in the Company’s financial performance, employee engagement and customer satisfaction,” said Arqiva chairman Mike Parton. “Paul already has significant Arqiva experience having worked with the business since 2017. His industry background and his demonstrable management and leadership strength will be invaluable for the next phase of Arqiva’s evolution.”

Beresford-Wylie will formally leave the transmission company on June 30, 2020.