LONDON — Nicola Green has been announced as the chief communications and corporate affairs officer for the merged Virgin Media-O2, pending the deal being cleared by UK regulators.

Green was appointed as corporate affairs director of O2’s owner Telefonica UK in 2016, after previously serving for four years as director of communications and reputation.

She became a member of the telecom's company's executive team in June 2019 and has emerged as one of Telefónica's key executives, working directly with the CEO to provide strategic counsel and guidance to the Telefonica’s leadership.

Green is responsible for public affairs, corporate responsibility and sustainability, internal and external communications at O2, after joining the business as head of media in 2003. She was awarded a PRovoke Media Individual Achievement SABRE award in 2019.

Before joining O2, Green worked for major brands including Dr Pepper and Orange, where she helped build the brand and manage its flagship partnerships with BAFTA and the Glastonbury Festival. During her tenure, shealso launched the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. Green began her career at Burson-Marsteller, where she worked for a number of FMCG clients.

Green said: “Bringing communications and corporate affairs to the leadership team of any business is a testament to everyone in our industry. That’s why I’m so proud to have accepted the role of chief communications and corporate affairs officer on the executive committee for the proposed merger of O2 and Virgin Media in the UK.

“The deal is still with the regulator for clearance so nothing changes today; however, I’m looking forward to working to championing the UK's new connectivity champion and to building its reputation as a business with integrity.”