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Robert Franks appointed MD of WM5G

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 12 Jul 2019
  • Last modified 10 Aug 2022
The organisation set-up to deliver the UK’s first region-wide 5G testbed in the West Midlands has appointed a former Telefónica UK director as its managing director on a permanent basis.

Robert Franks has been carrying out the role at West Midlands 5G Ltd in an interim capacity since February.

Robert Franks

Over the past ten years, Franks has held senior positions at O2, including director of digital and managing director of commerce.

Prior to his time with O2, Franks held senior marketing and strategy positions at T-Mobile and Orange.

Franks said: "WM5G offers the opportunity to deliver innovation that makes a real difference to people, businesses and public services on a grand scale. I’m very excited to be leading this pioneering new venture."

Chairman Igor Leprince added: "Robert has a proven track record of scaling innovative new businesses.

"We are delighted to welcome him to lead WM5G as managing director to accelerate the benefits of the programme."

Source: Insider Media