Arqiva has appointed Mike Parton to the role of chairman.

Parton will oversee the business on behalf of Arqiva’s shareholders and takes over from Peter Shore who has been chairman since 2007.

Parton took on the role of chief executive of Marconi in 2001. Between 2001 and 2006 he was responsible for the financial and operating restructuring of Marconi before overseeing a sale of the company to Ericsson.

In 2007, he became chairman of Damovo and joined the board of Tele2, becoming chairman there in 2010. Parton stepped down from the board of Damovo in 2015 following a sale of the company.