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Inabox Group appoints Telstra head as new CTO

Inabox Group appoints Telstra head as new CTO

Chris Ford’s appointment to focus on digital

Inabox Group has appointed former Telstra Digital general manager, Chris Ford, as its new chief technology officer

Inabox Group has appointed former Telstra Digital general manager, Chris Ford, as its new chief technology officer

Telecommunications company, Inabox Group (ASX: IAB), has appointed former Telstra Digital general manager, Chris Ford, as its new chief technology officer.

Ford will replace former chief technology officer, Michael Clarke, who founded the chief technology officer role at Inabox following the iVox acquisition in 2013. Clarke leaves the company to follow a personal passion outside the industry.

The company said, in a statement, that the new appointment is key in the company’s strategic move to up the ante in the digital space. Its managing director and CEO, Damian Kay, said Ford brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge from previous roles with Telstra and Alcatel Lucent.

"I am excited that Chris has come on board. His experience in the digital space will be instrumental in delivering on our vision to develop our digital capabilities,” Kay mentioned.

Ford has 24 years’ experience in IT and Telecommunications across fixed, mobile and voice networks, product and software development, architecture, product marketing and digital strategy, program management, technical sales, as well as consulting.

In his most recent role, Ford led a $150 million digital transformation program at Telstra to improve the sales and service delivery channels to customers while reducing overall operational costs. He was in this role for about four years.

Prior to that, Ford was the founder and director of technology and marketing consultancy, C&J Ford. Before this stint, he held the role of Alcatel Lucent sales operations director for two years and Lucent Technologies chief technology officer for three years.

He was also the system engineering director for eight years with Lucent Technologies and the director of network engineering for JNA Telecommunications for seven years.

“I am pleased to be joining Inabox at such an exciting time in its growth in the ICT industry.

“My focus for 2016 is to build on the foundations Michael Clarke laid for the data and voice platforms and create a technology roadmap for the company that will deliver the best value for our combined voice, data, Cloud and managed services brands,” Ford added.

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