A unanimous decision by the iiNet board has resulted in the permanent appointment of David Buckingham as the Internet service provider’s (ISP) chief executive officer (CEO).
The company claims that Buckingham is the best person to deliver its leadership’s five-year plan which will focus on market share, increasing profitability, and extending customer service standards into new business areas.
Buckingham became interim CEO of the company in November 2013 as founder, Michael Malone, stepped down for a long-term break which was intended to last up to six months.
In March, Malone announced he would leave the company altogether.
At the time, Malone said, “Over the past three months I’ve had the opportunity to pursue activities I’m passionate about, and taken time out to meet many inspirational individuals from across the globe.”
“During this time away from the business, it became clear to me leading iiNet and its staff requires 24/7 commitment, energy and enthusiasm. I have been able to achieve that for over 20 years but have come to the point where I want to dedicate my time to other opportunities.”
Commenting on Buckingham’s appointed, iiNet chairman, Michael Smith, said, “David has made the role his own over the past nine months, delivering the company’s strongest ever results, market-leading customer service, and organic growth.”
“In his seven years with the company, first as chief financial officer (CFO), and now CEO, David has taken iiNet to a level where it can genuinely compete with some of the largest companies in Australia.”
Buckingham first joined iiNet in January 2008. Prior, he spend more than a decade with Virgin Media as finance director of its business division. His career has also seen him as group treasurer and director of financial planning at Telewest between 2002 and 2006.