Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTNR; London: PCCD) has terminated its brand license agreement with Orange (NYSE: FTE). Stephane Richard, Orange's CEO, caused something of a diplomatic incident in June of last year when he said he would end his company's relationship with Partner "tomorrow morning" if he could, and finished up apologizing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for perceived criticism of the Israeli regime. Orange had been under pressure in France to end its relationship with Partner because of the Israeli firm's supply of telecom services to settlements regarded as illegal under international law.
London-based global virtual mobile operator Truphone Ltd. has appointed Ralph Steffens as its new CEO, who joins from Indian 4G operator Reliance Jio , where he was president and chief operating officer (COO). He has also previously worked at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Colt Technology Services Group Ltd and Australia's NBN Co Ltd. Previous CEO Steve Robertson is now executive chairman and CEO, Strategic Partnerships, with responsibility for developing mobile operator relationships around the world. Truphone currently offers its low-cost mobile service in 66 countries.
Danish operator TDC A/S (Copenhagen: TDC) has appointed Marina Lonning as the new executive vice president of its enterprise arm, TDC Business, reports Reuters. Previously Lonning was CMO at Telenor Norway's business division.