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Ronan Dunne

EVP & Group CEO

Verizon Communications

New York, NY, USA

Ronan Dunne

Biography

Ronan Dunne is Executive Vice President and Group CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, the largest division of Verizon Communications, the leading US telecoms provider. He leads the teams responsible for delivering voice, data, television, and wireless products and services to more than 100 million Verizon consumers. Ronan and his teams have been instrumental in developing the first 5G technology network that will redefine how people live, work, and play.

Prior to joining Verizon, Ronan was CEO of Telefonica UK (O2), the leading UK wireless operator and one of the UK’s most beloved brands. Under his leadership, O2 became a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility, work that was recognized with Ronan being named the 2015 Ethical Corporation CEO of the Year.

Ronan’s industry roles speak to his leadership and expertise in the telecom world. He is on the Board of CTIA, a US telecom industry body that promotes innovation, investment, and the growing economic impact of America’s wireless industry. While he was based in the UK, Ronan was a member of the UK Government Digital Economy Advisory Group and served on the Board of the Tech Partnership.

His charitable endeavors are focused on education and providing opportunities for the next generation of leaders. Ronan serves on the Advisory Board of the Kairos Society, an organization that helps young leaders identify and solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. He is a counsellor for One Young World, which, with its annual One Young World Summit, assembles the brightest young talent from around the world to make lasting connections to create positive change and accelerate social impact. He also served as a Trustee of Step Up to Serve, a UK social action charity.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ronan maintains strong links with Ireland including memberships with the Global Irish Network and Irish International Business Network (IIBN). In 2019, the American Ireland Fund honored him with the Corporate Leadership Award.

Ronan Dunne’s Newsfeed

Verizon
Verizon and iHeart to donate thousands of chargers as part of cross-carrier COVID-19 relief effort

Verizon is working with iHeartMedia to donate tens of thousands of smartphone chargers to hospitals across the nation in cities hardest hit by the coronavirus and aid in COVID-19 relief efforts. “For patients suffering from COVID-19, staying in touch with those you love is critical, and we continue to support those affected through donations like this one,” said Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group.

Verizon to give customers learning tools and premium TV at no additional cost

Ronan Dunne, CEO Verizon Consumer Group: “We know customers are staying home and trying to manage the new normal, so we’re giving them more ways to learn and watch at no added cost, and we’ll continue to add more tools and resources as they become available.” 

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Ronan Dunne’s Background

EVP & Group CEO
Sep 2016 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Verizon is one of the larget telecommunications companies globally, helping consumers to stay connected. Verizon aims to inspire tomorrow's creators to use technology to build brighter futures.
Chief Executive Officer
Jan 2005 - Aug 2016
Slough, UK
O2 is one of the UK's most innovative telecommunications companies. Ronan was CFO 2005-2007 and CEO 2008 to 2016. In 2006 Telefónica acquired O2 plc.
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Ronan Dunne’s Gallery

Other Business Interests

Fellow and former Council Member
Dublin, IE
Chartered Accountants Ireland is a membership body representing 27,000 influential members worldwide.
Fellow
London, UK
The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) is the chartered professional body for treasury, the key part in a firm's financial strategy and policy.

Previous Non-Executive Positions

Non-Executive Director, Chairman
2005 - 2016
Slough, UK
Tesco Mobile is the UK's largest mobile virtual network operator and shares O2's network, providing 99% coverage in the UK. Ronan served as Chairman and Director.
Supervisory Board
May 2014 - Sep 2016
Amsterdam, NL
AVG Technologies was acquired by Avast, the global leader in next-gen cybersecurity products for businesses and consumers.
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Philanthropy

Counsellor
London, UK
One Young World identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.
Advisory Board
2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Kairos was founded on the belief that entrepreneurs have the ability to solve the world’s biggest problems. Their purpose has always been to identify these problems and partner with the brightest founders worldwide to build truly innovative solutions.
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Media

Interview
Jun 2020
New York, NY, USA
As a leader in 5G technology and connectivity, Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, talks about moving 100K employees to remote work in just 5 days, why 5G is more important than ever during the current healthcare and social crises, and, his 6 profound leadership principles guiding the company to lead and emerge stronger.
Interview
Jun 2019
New York, NY, USA
Ronan Dunne, Executive VP & Group CEO at Verizon Consumer sits down with Tech Week TV for an interview on 5G technology at the 5G World 2019 event.

Publications

Jul 2020
New York, NY, USA
Forbes contributing writer Robert Reiss shares his thoughts and what he learned from his interview with Ronan Dunne. Reiss focuses on Dunne's six lessons in leadership for today's world, notably pointing out that this type of approach led to Verizon being ranked #1 on the Forbes Corporate Responders top employers list for its response to to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contributing Writer: "How Business Leads with Agility"
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
In this piece, Ronan discusses the range of essential services Verizon has expanded, including cellular and broadband services. He discusses the many ways that Verizon is doing its part to provide people with the resources they need, including connectivity networks, expanded services for the emergency and medical communities, and new tools to serve residential and small business clients.

Memberships

Member
New York, NY, USA
The WSJ CEO Council is a network of the world’s most influential business leaders driving the next era of industry, policy and the global economy.

Awards

Corporate Leadership Award 2019
New York, NY, USA
Our mission is to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.
CEO of the Year
2015
Ethical Corporation Awards: "Ronan has been a clear leader in managing sustainability, putting O2 at the forefront of sustainable businesses on a diversity of topics including youth employment schemes to large industry recycling, environmental stewardship having a direct impact on both employee and consumer behaviour.”
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Public Service

Supporter and Speaker on CSR
2001 - Present
London, UK
Forum for the Future is a leading international NGO working with business, government & civil society to solve complex sustainability challenges.

Speaking Engagements

Honoree
May 2019
New York, NY, USA
Ronan Dunne speaks at the Ireland Funds 2019 New York Gala after receiving the Corporate Leadership Award
Speaker
Apr 2019
Washington, DC, USA
Ronan Dunne, EVP & President, Verizon Consumer Group gives remarks during the CTIA 5G Summit in Washington, DC held on April 4th, 2019.
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