MCI gets its man for EMEA post

Recovering telecoms giant MCI has finally appointed a new general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 10 months after former chief Stuart Blythe left for Viatel.

Xavier Dedullen, the general counsel of Carrier1 International, will take charge of a legal team that has been decimated by recent departures.

Acting legal head and MCI’s most senior commercial lawyer Peter Waters has announced his intention to leave. His counterpart on the corporate side Suzanne Hopkinson is also leaving, as are senior lawyers Ed Mueller and Siobhan Elliott. This leaves Penny Adams as the only senior lawyer left in the team.

The MCI legal team has been in flux for some time. Anastasia Kelly was appointed general counsel in the US last summer, with Paul Eskildsen, acting general counsel prior to Kelly’s arrival, taking over regulatory and public policy work. Craig Silliman, who holds this role within EMEA, will work closely with Dedullen.

Dedullen has helped manage a difficult period for Carrier1 as it has liquidated, sold or put its operations into administration. Despite the losses in his new department, he should feel relieved to join a company that has emerged from bankruptcy proceedings.

Dedullen started his career at Sullivan & Cromwell before working for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and power company PSEG.