LibertyOne CEO appointment signals end to turmoil

LibertyOne CEO appointment signals end to turmoil

Australian Internet player LibertyOne's management upheaval is starting to settle with the recent appointment of Warren Lee as CEO to fill the hole left by former boss Don Hagens.

LibertyOne's managing director, Graham Bristow, said a "major factor" in the company's decision to appoint Lee is the experience he had gained at News Limited, Foxtel and Channel Ten.

Lee originally joined LibertyOne as business development manager in October.

"During his time here and in previous positions, Warren has developed relationships with some of the leading local and international Internet companies - experience which will be essential in his new role," Bristow said.

One of Lee's first roles will be the launch this week of LibertyOne's Excite Internet portal.

Following in the wake of Hagen's unceremonious, board-induced exit, Jane McKellar, acting head of Excite, voluntarily left the company.

According to LibertyOne's senior manager, public affairs, Chris Muldoon, Excite wanted a permanent CEO for the position. LibertyOne has appointed Tim Burgess to this position.

"Jane was offered a management position in a business development role at LibertyOne," Muldoon claimed.

Instead, McKellar resigned amid industry speculation that some LibertyOne executives were uncomfortable that she was Hagens' wife.

However, Muldoon is not anticipating any problems in the management transitions and believes LibertyOne will maintain its current business strategies.

"Sure, Warren is his own man and will put his individual stamp on the company, but nothing much will change because he has been the director of business services since the beginning. He has always had his finger on the strategic direction of the company."

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