Matthew Key was born in Chelsea, London and grew up in Kent attending Sir Joseph Williamson's Rochester Mathematical school for boys. Reading Economics at Birmingham University, he achieved a First Class Honours degree then qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young in London in 1984.

Matthew's career continued with a variety of finance roles in blue chip FMCG companies including Coca Cola & Schweppes, Kingfisher, Grand Metropolitan and Vodafone.

In 2002, he joined O2 UK as CFO subsequently becoming CEO for 4 years until 2007. During this period he signed the partnership with Apple for the iPhone launch in the UK and opened the O2 in London. Matthew then became Chairman and CEO of Telefonica Europe, and in 2011 he became Chairman and CEO of Telefonica Digital, an operation developing, buying and partnering with new products for Telefonica's global operation across 25 countries.

In 2011, Matthew received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Birmingham and was also made a member of the order of Isabella La Catolica by the King of Spain.

In 2014 Matthew decided to focus on a non executive career, having joined Burberry Plc, the leading British global fashion company in 2013, in that capacity. Matthew is a member of the nomination and remuneration committee and chair of the audit committee. Matthew also became a non-executive Director at BT Group plc in October 2018 and is a member of the nomination and audit committee.

He also currently mentors two leading large scale high tech CEO's .

Matthew was a member of the Samsung Europe advisory board from 2015 - 2017 and also a non executive director of OSN (a leading TV operator across the middle east ) from 2015 to 2018.

Married to Karen, he has three children; Nathan, Charlotte and Alexander. They live in Seer Green in Buckinghamshire

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