Matthew Key is Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital. Telefónica Digital is a global business division of Telefónica headquartered in London with regional hubs in Silicon Valley, Sao Paolo, Spain and Israel. Its mission is to seize the opportunities within the digital world and deliver new growth for Telefónica; a company of 300 million customers, operating in 25 countries.
Prior to joining Telefonica Digital in September 2011, Matthew was Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe plc. Telefónica Europe operated in 5 countries – had 56 million customers, a turnover of more than €15bn and Operating Profit of €5bn.
Matthew joined O2 UK in February 2002 before becoming CEO in February, 2005. In his three years as CEO, he oversaw a turnaround of the business, as the company significantly outperformed the market and all of its competitors. Specific highlights during this period include O2 becoming Apple’s exclusive partner for the iPhone, the opening of The O2 (now the world’s most popular entertainment venue) and the creation of a 50:50 joint venture, Tesco Mobile.
Prior to O2, Matthew held various financial roles with Vodafone, Coca-Cola & Schweppes, Grand Metropolitan and Kingfisher. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in London in 1987, having previously achieved a first class honors degree in Economics from Birmingham University. He is married with three children and lives in Buckinghamshire and also serves as a Non-Executive of the Dallaglio Foundation.