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Latin America’s largest and fastest growing alternative mobile service provider.
Our Approach
Virgin Mobile Latin America is the leading digital provider of mobile services in Latin America. We design our brand and proposition to appeal to the digital youth and young-at-heart in Latin America's most vibrant markets.

Virgin Mobile makes data plans accessible to youth through a convenient and secure online experience. Our tariffs and plans are ‘straight up’ honest and simple with no tricks.

Virgin Mobile treats our customers like Rock Stars. Our Rock Center customer service agents are our heart and soul and can be accessed through online chat, social media and even by phone (for those who still prefer).

Our Markets
Peter Macnee
President & CEO

Peter Macnee has had a successful 25-year career in telecoms and media. He held several senior executive positions for Millicom International Cellular, including his last role as President of the EMEA group, managing sixteen joint ventures in Russia, The Baltics and Africa.  More recently, he joined the Internet revolution and led Europe’s first dot-com public listing in the late ‘90s, followed by a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors.

Pete is happiest playing shinny with his sons on a crispy cold day, and dreams of building a clean energy ski cabin in the Rocky Mountain so he can master skiing the bumps.

Russell Olson
Chief Financial Officer

Russ has more than 20-years of experience in telecommunications, including 15 years in Latin America.  He held a variety of financial positions in Verizon and its predecessor GTE, lastly as Executive Vice President and CFO of Iusacell, a mobile carrier in Mexico.  Russ also served as CFO for IT company Intcomex, an IT distribution company in Miami, FL with operations in 12 Latin American and Caribbean markets.

Russ enjoys competing in Florida amateur golf events and traveling with his wife and two sons.

Joel Kades
Chief Marketing Officer

Joel Kades led Virgin Mobile brands across the USA, India and Latin America for the last decade. Previously, he helped shift Samsung's positioning from price to premium brand.  Joel started his career in advertising guiding strategy for Philips Electronics, AT&T, and big packaged goods brands.

Outside of work, Joel runs, lives vicariously through his rock star daughter, obsesses about Duke basketball, and pretends to be a chef.

Jim Glass
Chief Technology Officer

Jim joined Virgin Mobile Latin America from Sprint, where he owned delivery and operations of all prepaid technology platforms, including Virgin Mobile USA. He brings over a decade of MVNO launch experience.

Jim has an avid interest in fishing and wildlife, as well as a passion for his beloved Sporting Kansas City soccer club.

Jeffrey Buckwalter
Senior VP Business Development

Jeff Buckwalter spent most of the past twenty years launching mobile service providers in diverse markets. He led Russian Millicom and Qualcomm start-ups in Siberia, St. Petersburg and Moscow, headed up MACH's mobile data clearinghouse business in the Americas, and secured LTE frequencies for AfriMax.

In his free time he enjoys flirting with disaster on a bike or skis and training his new bird dog to hunt.

Catherine Jones
General Counsel

Catherine worked as an in-house lawyer for the owner/operator of the Atlantis and One&Only hotel brands. She previously worked at a large law firm in Florida handling securities offerings, M&A, and financings in the US and Europe and started her career at a large New York law firm handling project financings, debt restructurings, IPOs and other security offerings for U.S. and Latin American clients.  She is fluent in Spanish and had an internship on the Supreme Court of Argentina while in law school.

Outside of work, Catherine travels, scuba dives, tries new Miami restaurants, watches college and pro hoops, and spoils her niece and nephew.

Phil Wallace
Co-Founder and Chairman
Former President of BellSouth EMEA and responsible for BellSouth’s initial expansion in LatAm; Chairman Cellcom Israel; Director E-Plus; Vice-Chairman Sonofon; Director KPN Mobile; Director BellSouth LatAm Country Boards.
Jay Metcalfe
Co-Founder and Director
Former President & CEO of Millicom International Cellular. Founding investor VMMEA (largest MVNO in the Middle East & Africa); VMCEE (MVNO in CEE region); and Afrimax (Chairman, largest LTE license holder in Africa).
Peter Langkilde
Co-Founder and Director
Founding investor and Chairman, VMMEA (largest MVNO in the Middle East & Africa; Chairman of VM South Africa; Co-Founder VMCEE; Co-Founder & CEO of Afrimax (largest LTE license holder in Africa).
Peter Stephens
Virgin Group Partner & Global Head of Telecoms & Media Investments; Director Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Virgin Mobile Central & Eastern Europe, Virgin Mobile South Africa and Virgin Mobile India; Previously 16 years of TMT investment banking experience at BofA.
Juan Villalonga
Former Executive Chairman and CEO of Telefonica Group, where he grew the company’s market capitalization from US$12bn to over US$100bn. Current Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Hermes Growth Partners.
Alejandro Sanchez
Managing Director of Canepa Healthcare; Previously founding Partner of Hermes Growth Partners; Previously a partner of McKinsey & Company, leading the TMT practice in several countries. He serves on the Board of Directors of several healthcare and telecom/media companies.
Rupam Shrivastava
Senior Vice President at ePlanet Capital covering technology and telecom investments in US, Latin America and India. Previously investment banker at Dresdner Kleinwort in New York.
John Hunt
Founder & Chairman of Archimedia; Formerly a serially successful entrepreneur in technology and consumer businesses and an executive in increasingly senior roles internationally at Procter & Gamble, Philip Morris and AOL.
Terry Clontz
Currently SVP International Operations for ST Telemedia, a Singapore based strategic investor in the Telecommunications services sector, and a Senior Corporate Advisor to Temasek Holdings. Terry is a US telecoms industry veteran with over 42 years of experience, 28 years working internationally.
Lorenzo Gonzalez-Bosco
Managing Director, Head of Mexico and the Andean Region at Temasek, a Singapore-based investment company that manages a portfolio of US$ 177bn. Previously Chairman & CEO of Barclays Mexico and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking in Mexico for Bank of America.
Jose Agustin Valdes
Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ashta Chemicals and President of Comarca Grande. He serves on the Board of Directors of Grupo Verzatec, Torrecom, Red de Servicios Financieros, Crown Rooftiles, and Laudex.
October 2016
Virgin Mobile Chile recognized as clear winner among MVNO’s in Chile
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July 2016
Virgin Mobile Latin America Launches Its 4th Operation In Peru
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December 2015
Facebook and Virgin Mobile Mexico Partner on Launch of Free Basics for 46% of Mexicans Without Internet Service
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February 2015
Virgin Mobile Chile Leads The Market In Net Number of Customers Porting Their Numbers To The Brand For The 8th Month In A Row
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November 2014
For The 2nd Year In A Row, Virgin Mobile Chile Wins Chile’s Top Customer Service Award With The Highest Net Promoter Score in Mobile Service
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May 2014
Virgin Mobile Latin America Announces More Than US$100 Million Equity and Debt Investments
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May 2013
Virgin Mobile Latin America Announces the Launch of its Second Operation – Virgin Mobile Colombia
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January 2013
Virgin Mobile Latin America’s Chile Operation is Recognized for the Brand's Impact on Consumers
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December 2012
Virgin Mobile Latin America Expands Partnership With IFC, Closing Debt Funding of $14 Million For Colombia
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August 2012
Virgin Mobile Announces Strategic Funding Partnership With IFC To Accelerate Its Growth In Chile
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March 2012
Virgin Mobile Latin America Secures New Funding And New Investors For Its Rapid Expansion
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