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Sir Charles Dunstone

TalkTalk

London, UK

Executive Chairman

TalkTalk

Sir Charles Dunstone
Biography
Sir Charles Dunstone began his career at NEC, selling computers to corporate clients. On transferring to mobile phones, he identified that no one was selling to the individual or small companies. In true entrepreneurial style and with limited capital, he set up Carphone Warehouse in 1989, selling mobile phones from his flat.

Offering impartial advice and unbeatable service, the company rapidly expanded into Europe and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2000, valued at £1.7 bn.

Carphone Warehouse acquired Opal Telecom and launched TalkTalk in 2003, a residential, fixed line service to compete with BT, allowing customers to talk to each other for free. In 2006 TalkTalk launched the UK’s first free broadband service and became the fastest growing telecoms business and is now a FTSE 250 company and market leader.

Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk demerged in 2010, forming two separate companies, with Charles chairing both.

In 2014 Carphone Warehouse merged with Dixons Retail, creating FTSE 100 company Dixons Carphone plc, which helps customers navigate the connected world and is Europe's leading specialist electrical & telecoms retailer and services company.

Passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs, Charles is proud to have been Chairman of The Prince’s Trust for six years and Council member for fifteen.

In 2012, Charles was Knighted for services to the telecoms industry and his charitable work. He is currently Chairman of Royal Museums Greenwich & BAR Racing.

Sir Charles Dunstone’s Newsfeed

08 Feb 2018
Evening Standard
TalkTalk slashes dividend to fund its ultra fast broadband expansion to three million homes

TalkTalk said on Tuesday it launched ambitious plans to install ultrafast broadband in three million UK homes, in a direct challenge to BT’s Openreach. The company, led by chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, is raising £200 million from investors to fund the roll out and cut its debts. Directors will contribute £40 million. He claims the move will put the company “at the heart” of digital Britain.

10 Jan 2018
MOD Pizza Raises $33 Million in Equity Capital to Fuel Growth

This latest funding round brings the company’s total equity capital raised to more than $185 million, financing MOD said will help it bolster its presence in existing U.S. markets and in the United Kingdom, where it’s opened a handful of locations since signing a joint venture agreement in 2015 with Sir Charles Dunstone and Roger Taylor.

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Sir Charles Dunstone’s Background

Executive Chairman
Feb 2017 - Present
TalkTalk Telecom Group plc is a company which provides pay television, telecommunications, Internet access and mobile network services to businesses and consumers in the United Kingdom.
Chairman
Jan 1989 - Apr 2017
Founder and CEO of Carphone Warehouse from 1989 to 2010 and Chairman since 28 January 2010.
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Other Business Interests

Investor
Sep 2015 - Present
London, UK
MOD is the original superfast pizza experience. A pioneering fast-casual concept with artisan-style pizzas and salads that are individually sized, made on demand and ready in minutes.
Chairman
Nov 2013 - Present
London, UK
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) comprises the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. Together they work to illustrate the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars, and their relationship with people.
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