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Welcomm Communications founder Chris Stanton retires

Alex Yau
January 17, 2017

Stanton had founded the O2 dealer in 1989 after spending 10 years in the Royal Navy

Welcomm Communications chairman and founder Chris Stanton has retired after 27 years at the Leicestershire-based O2 B2B dealer.

Stanton established Welcomm Communications in April 1989 after spending 10 years in the Royal Navy as a communications engineer. His main responsibilities as chairman included lead- ing the board of directors and senior managers while maintaining the company’s relationship with the mobile operator.


Major milestones under Stanton’s leadership included the acquisition of Crown Mobile (2011) and Davison Communications (2013). The business was also awarded O2 Direct Partner Network status in 2015 before launching its own energy service last year.

There will be no direct replacement for Stanton’s role, with the current senior management structure remaining unchanged. Commenting on Stanton’s retirement, Welcomm Communications managing director Aidan Piper said: “Chris has decided to take more of a backseat at Welcomm to spend more time with his wife and family.

“There have been many highlights during Chris’ time at the company since its foundation in 1989, including becoming an O2 Direct Partner. His leadership has seen it grow from being the first mobile retailer in the Midlands to the large communications specialist of today.”

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