Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Telecom-AAPT Integration Progressed

Telecom-AAPT Integration Progressed

The integration of Telecom New Zealand and AAPT is progressing rapidly with the announcement today of key management changes in the enlarged Australasian group.

Chief Executive Theresa Gattung said the Internet and Mobile businesses of Telecom and AAPT have been brought together into two trans Tasman business units, each under an integrated management team.

Graham Mitchell now leads the Internet business, bringing XTRA and Telecom Directories in New Zealand together with in Australia. Mr Mitchell was previously Telecom’s General Manager, Internet Services and he will now relocate to Sydney.

Mohan Jesudason now leads the Mobile business, bringing together Telecom Mobile in New Zealand and AAPT’s mobile activities in Australia. Mr Jesudason was previously Telecom’s General Manager, Mobile. He will remain based in Wellington.

Ms Gattung said David Bedford will become the Sydney-based Chief Operating Officer of AAPT, the group’s major voice and data business in Australia. Mr Bedford was previously Telecom’s General Manager, Networks.

“We’re integrating Telecom and AAPT into an Australasian-wide online and communications group, committed to best performance in our regional markets,” she said. “Bringing the businesses together in this way will enable us to capture synergies between them and drive growth across the group overall.”

With the completion of Telecom’s takeover of AAPT, Ron Nissen, the acting Chief Executive of AAPT, has stepped down from that position and decided to leave the group to pursue other business interests.

“We understand Ron’s decision to leave and wish him every success in the next stage of his career,” Ms Gattung said.

The enlarged Telecom group will include six business units including the Australian-based units of AAPT and TCNZ Australia, the Internet and Mobile operating on both sides of the Tasman, and the New Zealand-based units of Telecom Sales & Service and esolutions.

“The business units will have significant operating autonomy, drawing on the capabilities provided by Group-wide Networks and Information Technology units,” Ms Gattung said.

Simon Moutter, previously General Manager, Network Delivery, is now the group’s General Manager, Networks, while Mark Ratcliffe, previously General Manager, Data & Voice, is now the group’s Chief Information Officer.

Ms Gattung said Telecom’s corporate units, based in Wellington and including AAPT personnel who will remain based in Sydney, will provide strategic–level support for all the business units.

“The integration of Telecom and AAPT is ongoing, with more key decisions on systems, processes, branding and other matters to be made over the next few months,” she said.

“Expansion in Australia is a core strategy for the group, and we’re putting in place a strong platform for expansion through AAPT and TCNZ Australia, and the focused Internet and Mobile businesses.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Up $1.20: $17.70 Minimum Wage Next Year

Coalition Government signals how it will move toward its goal of a $20 p/h minimum wage by 2021... “Today we are announcing that the minimum wage will increase to $17.70 an hour on 1 April 2019." More>>


Reserve Bank: Capital Proposals Are 'Radical', Says Fitch

International credit rating agency Fitch says the Reserve Bank's proposals for increased bank capital adequacy ratios are "radical" and "highly conservative relative to international peers", but the result will ultimately be "significantly stronger buffers" against financial system shocks. More>>


Regions And Skills: Work Visa Proposals 'Step In The Right Direction'

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced yesterday that the Government is consulting on proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visa settings to ensure that work visas issued reflect genuine regional skill shortages. More>>


Long Commutes: Hamilton To Auckland Passenger Rail Trial Gets Green Light

The NZ Transport Agency Board has approved a business case for the next steps in a start-up trial Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced. More>>


Working Group Update: Mycoplasma Bovis Eradication Making Substantial Progress

International experts are impressed by New Zealand’s efforts to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis and are more confident the campaign is working... More>>


Immigration: Arrest For Human Trafficking And Slavery

It is alleged that the man, who is a Samoan national and New Zealand resident, has been regularly bringing Samoan nationals to New Zealand to work illegally for him in the horticultural industry. More>>