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Onecom founder Ridge takes over as CEO following Dowd departure

Paul Lipscombe
September 28, 2020

Dowd departs after nearly two years in the role

Onecom founder Darren Ridge has returned to the role of chief executive officer following the departure of Ben Dowd for personal reasons.

Ridge who founded Onecom 18 years ago has been involved in its leadership over the last two years.

Dowd was hired as CEO nearly two years ago to head the business’s ambitious expansion plans to become the UK’s leading independent business communications provider.

He joined from O2 (Telefonica) where he was on the UK’s executive board for 10 years and left the operator after 12 years during which time he served as its UK sales director, business director, business sales director, and general manager business sales.

Ridge hired him to for a three-year mission to develop and implement a strategy to grow the business through organic and inorganic activity and be responsible for Onecom’s day-to-day operations.

Onecom, has headquarters in Whiteley, Hampshire, and claims to be the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, operating from 10 regional offices, including Cardiff, Belfast, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton.

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