Known as one of two founders of a European cellular phone retail company called Carphone Warehouse Group, he also headed the London-based TalkTalk Telecom Group.
After dropping out of the business program at Liverpool University, he began his career with the Japanese-based NEC Corporation.
Between 2005 and 2012, he chaired a youth helpline called Get Connected.
He grew up in Essex and Rutland, England, as the son of a British Petroleum (BP) executive. He married Celia Gordon Shute in 2009.
He and his contemporary, Indian businessman Sunil Mittal, both headed major mobile phone companies.