Telstra announces boardroom shake-up as Milne and Maclellan quit

Telstra announces boardroom shake-up as Milne and Maclellan quit

Directors, Justin Milne and Glenic Maclellan, are out; new channel chief takes over responsibility for T[life] partner, Vita Group

Telstra (ASX:TLS) has announced a shake-up of its executive team after voice, broadband and media group managing director, Justin Milne, quit.

According to the statement, six-year Telstra veteran, J-B Rousselot, will be appointed executive director of Milne’s division when he finishes on June 1.

“Justin decided that now was the right time to explore new challenges and we wish him all the best as he moves into the next phase of his career,” Telstra CEO, David Thodey, said in the statement to shareholders.

Acting Consumer and Channels group managing director, Glenice Maclellan, has also resigned from the company, citing personal reasons. Former HP UK executive, Gordon Ballantyne, will take on her role from June.

“I sincerely regret her decision to leave the company, especially after her hard work in the past five months as she guided Telstra’s consumer arm,” Thodey said.

Ballantyne will have responsibility for all Telstra’s consumer retail outlets including the Vita Group- owned (ASX:VTG) brand of stores, T[Life], which are replacing Fone Zone in several locations. According to Vita Group, the deal with Telstra was a key development.

In other moves, the former group managing director of strategic marketing, Kate McKenzie, will fill the new role of chief marketing officer. Group managing director of customer experience, simplicity and productivity, Robert Nason, meanwhile, is taking on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and the program office. He replaces Stuart Lee, who is being promoted to Group managing director alongside Thodey and will focus on future growth.

“The reorganisation is designed to get the right people and processes in place,” Thodey said. “We are completing five years of heavy investment in new and improved networks and technology…we now need to review our operating model to ensure we have the most efficient structures and processes in place.”

The shake-up comes as Telstra fights for its corporate survival in the face of Government-enforced structural separation. The telco recently noted a “significant gap” between its and the Government’s position in negotiations.

Analysts claim a range of Government legislation being put through Parliament have the potential to strip Telstra of its market dominance, despite the Coalition’s promise to vote against any separation of the telco.

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