Derek McManus

COO, Telefonica UK (O2)


Derek is the Chief Operating Officer for Telefonica UK which is a broad role covering all aspects of Network, IT, Fraud & Security and Property for the company and it’s 23 million customers.
He has enjoyed over 25 years in the mobile industry in various technical and business roles before taking up a role on the UK board as CTO in April 2007. Derek has lead significant transformation at a technology and business level from the launch of 3G and 4G as well as introducing the iphone in the UK, the growth of mobile data, undertaking network infrastructure sharing, developing O2 online capability and creating the O2 Labs.
His passion for Customers, Innovation and People has seen his team lead a number of initiatives to change the way technology is developed from Agile and Crowd sourcing to Technology Accelerators.
Derek holds an MSc in Telecommunications Business from UCL. He is the UK lead for Diversity and Inclusion, he also sits on a number of network and industry advisory boards.