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Three UK appoints Centrica’s Belinda Finch as CIO

Three UK has appointed Centrica’s Belinda Finch as chief information officer as part of a shake-up of its tech division.

Finch takes on the new role at the British telco after serving as Centrica’s group CIO and chief of staff for just under two years. She was previously the head of transformation at Vodafone, having trained as a consultant at KPMG.

Her appointment comes as Peter Gilson joins Three as director of RAN (radio access network) after working as a contractor for rival telco O2.

As part of her new role, Finch will be tasked with unifying Three’s existing IT functions into one team. The company is also in the process of undergoing a transformation programme that it says will “drive a better customer experience”. Finch will oversee the project’s conclusion.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, Finch said: “I’m delighted to be joining Three UK at this exciting time. It’s great to take the baton and lead the next chapter of Three’s transformation programme.

“Through working across all the functions at Three UK and bringing together all our IT capability into one team, we can deliver great customer benefits from our new IT infrastructure.”

Three’s chief operating officer Susan Buttsworth added: “Having a robust and leading IT strategy and senior-level focus on our network is integral to our success. It underpins everything we do, from getting the best from our technology, to offering best in class systems to serve our customers. We’re really excited to have Belinda and Peter joining Three UK leading these key pieces of work.”

Finch is the latest senior tech executive at Centrica to jump ship. Earlier this month, Daljit Rehal – the energy giant’s global digital and data services director – announced he would be leaving to take on a new role as chief digital and information officer at HMRC.