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Ronan Dunne

Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer

Verizon Consumer Group

New York, NY, USA

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Ronan Dunne’s 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

Fierce Wireless
Fierce Wireless Presents: 5G Blitz Week

Ronan Dunne, EVP & CEO of  Verizon Consumer Group, took part in the Keynote Interview, 'How 5G IS Revolutionizing Consumer Experiences', at the Fierce Wireless '5G Blitz Week' event. Dunne talked about Verizon’s roadmap for deploying C-band and addressed the company's goals for residential broadband, saying “We will have two discrete offerings for customers in the fixed wireless access space: 4G FWA and a 5G offering."

CBS Sports
Verizon plans Super Bowl rollout for ultra-fast 5G

At the end of 2020, nearly 50 stadiums and arenas across the country were upgraded with Verizon's 5G technology, according to Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. "We're now subject matter experts on this," Dunne told CBS News, predicting that 5G technology would transform the in-person experience at concerts, art galleries, and all types of sports facilities. "We now have an architecture that we can deliver to stadium partners."

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Ronan Dunne’s Background

Verizon Consumer Group
Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
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.
O2 (Telefónica UK)
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

Previous Board Positions

Tesco Mobile
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.
AVG Technologies
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

One Young World
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.
Kairos Society
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

“We’re only just scratching the surface”: The potential of 5G in creating the metaverse
Interview
Jan 2021
As part of GamesBeat’s Into the Metaverse event, Joost van Dreunen, author of One Up, was joined by Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group and John Hanke, Founder and CEO of Niantic, who shared their perspectives on the promise of 5G and the advent of the metaverse.
Discovery CEO and Verizon Consumer Group CEO on partnering on launch of Discovery+
Interview
Dec 2020
New York, NY, USA
Discovery is partnering with Verizon, who will offer 55 million customers up to one year of Discovery+ for free. Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne and Discovery CEO David Zaslav join “Squawk Box” to discuss this new venture launching January 4th.
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Publications

How 5G can be a force for social equality
Author
Jan 2021
Davos, CH
In this article as part of The Davos Agenda, Ronan Dunne discusses the opportunities that the expansion of Verizon's 5G technology presents for a path toward social equality. He focuses on two key points where Verizon, and the tech industry as a whole, will play a significant role: 1. Increasing digital access to reduce inequalities; 2. Dismantling the barriers to exclusive tech.
Boldly Go
Writer
Jan 2021
New York, NY, USA
Ronan Dunne, EVP & CEO Verizon Consumer Group, discusses Verizon's growth and innovation during a challenging 2020, and outlines where the company is headed in 2021, with an emphasis on continuing its customer-centric focus and key initiatives, including its A Call For Kindness campaign.
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Memberships

WSJ CEO Council
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.
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Fellow | Fmr. Council Member
Dublin, IE
Chartered Accountants Ireland is a membership body representing 27,000 influential members worldwide.
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Awards & Endorsements

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The CEO Forum
Transformative CEO Award in Leadership
2020
Darien, CT, USA
The CEO Forum Group recognized Ronan Dunne for his conceptual platform of six leadership principles. Each principle plays a role in how Ronan successfully leads the Verizon Consumer Group, with exceptional customer focus and care through the challenges of 2020.
The American Ireland Fund
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.
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Public Service

Forum for the Future
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

Audacious Advocates: Walking the Walk
Featured Speaker
Mar 2021
Ronan Dunne, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, and Worth CEO Juliet Scott-Croxford discussed what it means to be an audacious advocate. In a clear illustration why Verizon was number one on Forbes’s Corporate Responders list, Dunne says, “Doing the right thing will always make ‘business’ sense...inclusion is making sure that [all employees] have somewhere to go to the bathroom that day.”
Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom Conference
Featured Speaker
Nov 2020
Ronan Dunne was a featured speaker at the 2020 Morgan Stanley Virtual European Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. With the changes brought about by COVID-19, new work from home schedules, and social distancing, the TMT event will focus on a new urgency for digital connectivity and innovation that may very well last beyond the pandemic.
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