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Beresford-Wylie to head Arqiva

Communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has confirmed the appointment of seasoned industry executive Simon Beresford-Wylie as its new CEO, replacing John Cresswell, who announced earlier in June that he was stepping down as Arqiva’s CEO after four and half successful years.

Mike Parton, Chairman of Arqiva, said that Beresford-Wylie brought with him a wealth of experience and expertise that would help to develop Arqiva’s strategy, with his background fitting perfectly with its lines of business. “During my initial time at Arqiva, it’s become clear that the business has a lot of opportunity and we’re on the cusp of some exciting developments. I’m looking forward to working with Simon to deliver these.”

Beresford-Wylie joins Arqiva from Samsung Electronics, where he was based in Seoul, Korea as a special advisor, guiding a review of the strategy and operations of the company’s Network Business. Prior to joining Samsung, Beresford-Wylie was CEO of UK-based Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL) – also known as At800 – which is responsible for mitigating interferences that arise as a consequence of the co-existence of DTT television and 4G mobile. He has also held positions as the CEO of Elster Group, a German-based supplier of advanced metering and gas infrastructure solutions, and Nokia Corporation, where he worked for 11 years and was the founding CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks.

“Becoming CEO of Arqiva is the culmination of years spent working across a diverse range of sectors including telecoms, broadcast, engineering and smart metering,” said Beresford-Wylie. “Arqiva is a truly unique company in the breadth and diversity of its offerings. I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to help shape and guide its future development and to work in partnership with some of the UK’s leading companies which, of course, Arqiva also happens to count as valued customers.”

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