Schüler replaces Tom Mockridge, who is leaving the company to base himself in Italy with his family.
Schüler has been COO of Virgin Media since September 2018, having spent the previous eight years running Liberty Global’s operation in Germany. Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global and Chairman of Virgin Media, commented: “Lutz is an outstanding leader and operator. During his eight years in Germany, Lutz led a talented team and created significant value. Since joining Virgin Media last year, he has made an immediate impact, uniting the team around a clear strategy for continued, best-in-class growth in the UK and Ireland. Tom, Lutz and I have prepared for this moment for some time now, so Lutz will hit the ground running from day one.”
Schüler added: “I am thrilled to be leading Virgin Media. After seven months working in our operations, I am more excited than ever about our continued growth potential with the customers and communities we serve in the UK and Ireland.”
Mockridge said: “It has been a privilege to lead Virgin Media over the past six years. Since becoming part of Liberty Global, Virgin Media has reinvigorated its business. The company is now spearheading the advance of the digital economy in the UK & Ireland with its programme to connect homes and businesses to broadband.”