Vocus has turned to industry veteran Kevin Russell to be its group managing director and chief executive officer. Russell was previously group executive for retail at Telstra until September last year, and prior to that was country chief officer and consumer CEO at Optus. “Kevin is a highly experienced and respected CEO. He has an excellent mix of skills and the demonstrated strategic ability to improve business performance,” said Vocus chairman Bob Mansfield, who was installed in March. “The board is very pleased that Kevin will be leading Vocus through its next stage; building a high-performance team that is focused on developing and executing a strategy to deliver the potential value within the company.” Russell will begin on May 28, and has a base pay of AU$1.1 million. The position of CEO for Vocus was filled temporarily by CEO for Wholesale and International Michael Simmons, following the departure of the company’s former boss Geoff Horth in February. Simmons will return to his former duties. Following up on the decision not to sell its New Zealand business in April, the CEO of Vocus NZ, Mark Callander, will now be joining the board. “The appointment of Mark Callander to the board recognises the important contribution of the NZ business to the Vocus Group,” Mansfield added. “Mark brings to the board an extensive understanding of the New Zealand market, together with the lessons learned through the successful integration of prior acquisitions. “Under Mark’s leadership, our New Zealand business is delivering the value promised… [Read full story]
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