Optus finds COO in ex-Hutchison Telecoms Australia CEO

Optus finds COO in ex-Hutchison Telecoms Australia CEO

Kevin Russell is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the telco's mass market, wholesale and satellite divisions.

Optus has appointed former Hutchison Telecoms Australia CEO, Kevin Russell, as its chief operating officer.

This is a newly created role and Russell will assume the position immediately.

He is responsible for taking care of daily operations within Optus’ mass market, wholesale and satellite divisions. This will include Optus consumer, SMB and the telco’s wholly owned subsidiary, Virgin Mobile.

“I’m returning to Australia at a very exciting time in the telecoms industry with the rollout of 4G and the National Broadband Network (NBN) both gathering pace,” Russell said in a statement.

Optus announced its plans to deploy a 4G LTE network along with upgrading its 3G network in September last year. Its competitor, Telstra, has already made its 4G network available in a number of locations.

Russell had previously been in Australia working as the CEO of Hutchison Telecoms Australia. Hutchison subsequently merged with Vodafone to form Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA).

According to Optus, Russell led the rollout of Australia’s first 3G network and services.

Prior to joining Optus, Russell was the chief of Hutchison Three in the UK.

He will be based in Sydney and report to Optus CEO, Paul O’Sullivan.

In November 2011, Optus director of government and corporate affairs, Maha Krishnapillai, stepped down from his role. He went on to work for Australia Post’s retail division to strengthen the organisations’ telco offerings.

A replacement for Krishnapillai has yet to be announced.

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