Mobile phone network Orange has broken up its public affairs manager post in the wake of Richard Rumbelow's departure.
Rumbelow left the company last week after more than five years. Orange is not replacing him, but is dividing the role between public affairs executive Simon Grossman - who has only been in post a year and is considered too inexperienced for management responsibilities - and a soon-to-be-appointed colleague at the same level. Both will report to head of public policy Peter Dunn.
The company continues to use LLM Communications as its retained lobbying agency, a relationship which goes back to before LLM was founded when the two main consultants on the account, Neal Lawson and Rebecca Cardozo, worked for Orange at Lowe Bell.
Rumbelow started this week at Hutchison 3G, the original parent company of Orange which went on to sell the firm to Germany's Mannesmann. Hutchison now has a controlling stake in the consortium which won the fifth third generation mobile phone licence and is expected to roll out its network within two years.
He will be head of public policy and will report to commercial director Keith Bradley.