Vodafone Hutchison Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen will leave the telco in late August, joining the Hutchison group.
Recruitment for Benoit’s replacement is underway, with VHA General Manager of Access Network Delivery, Kevin Millroy, acting as interim CTO until an appointment is made.
“In his three years as CTO, Benoit has led the transformation of VHA’s network,” VHA CEO, Inaki Berroeta, said.
“Among his many achievements, Benoit has overseen the launch and rollout of 4G on the VHA network, the upgrade of VHA’s core network, and the commencement of the fibre transmission network rollout.
“Benoit has also been a driving force in VHA’s campaign for increased coverage and competition in regional and rural areas, including through our participation in the Mobile Black Spot Programme.”
Under Benoit’s leadership, Berroeta said VHA’s network has “improved significantly”, with the 4G network now reaching more than 22 million Australians.
“On the back of this improvement, the VHA customer base has returned to growth and we have set new benchmarks in the area of customer complaints with VHA achieving the lowest ratio of complaints amongst the major carriers for the past three quarters,” Berroeta said.
Hanssen joined VHA as CTO in 2013, after heading the global managed services operation of Ericsson in Stockholm and serving as CTO at Hutchison Indonesia.
“I’m really proud of the VHA network, and all that the team has achieved over the past three years,” Hanssen added.
“The VHA network is the best it has ever been – it’s fast and reliable, and I’m confident it will only continue to get even better.”
As interim CTO, Millroy has over 30 years’ experience in the mobile telecommunications industry, with a responsibility for the rollout of network upgrade and expansion projects including the Mobile Black Spot Programme and EJV site delivery.
Prior to VHA, Millroy was Head of Cornerstone for a network infrastructure partnership between Vodafone UK and O2, and Regional Operations Director at Vodafone UK where he led the development of the company’s 3G capability and oversaw the deployment of 3,500 sites.