Australia's NBN Co names new CFO

01 Feb 2019

Former APN Outdoor executive Philip Knox joins NBN Co as CFO

NBN Co, the company building Australia’s next-generation broadband network, has hired Philip Knox as its new chief financial officer.

Knox (pictured) has over thirty years of financial experience. Prior to joining NBN Co, Knox was recently CFO at APN Outdoor. He also has held CFO roles at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Austar.

Knox is taking on the role following the promotion of former NBN Co CFO Stephen Rue to CEO. Rue replaced Bill Morrow as CEO in September and was also appointed executive director of NBN Co's board.

“Phil is an accomplished financial executive with extensive experience across the technology and media industries,” Rue said in a company statement.

Rue said nearly three in four Australians can now connect to the NBN access network, and Phil’s “outstanding track record of delivery and hands-on experience across key financial disciplines” will be critical in the final two years of the company’s broadband rollout.

Conexus Mobile Alliance elects new officers for 2019

Conexus Mobile Alliance has appointed Supoj Mahapan as its new chair, and Katrina Luna-Abelarde and Dennis Wong deputy chairs.

Mahapan is managing director-international carrier and alliance management at True Corp in Thailand.

Luna-Abelarde is PLDT First vice president and head of international & carrier business and PLDT Global Corp. president and CEO. Wong is corporate and international business director of Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited (HTHK).

Mahapan succeeds Katsuyuki Takagi, who held the post from 2017 to 2018. Takagi is senior vice president and executive general manager of global business division at NTT Docomo.

During his leadership, Takagi has shifted Conexus’ focus from enterprise and roaming collaborations towards digital transformation, the regional mobile alliance said.

Mahapan will further pursue best practice and innovations sharing in the areas of 5G and IoT among Conexus members.

The alliance has also names new leaders for its workgroup and project groups.

NTT Docomo executive Keijiro Murayama is elected chair of Conexus Strategy

Workgroup. Young Kim from Korean telco KT is now chair of International Roaming Workgroup, and StarHub’s Jude Tan Enterprise Sales Project Lead.

Qualcomm names Kwon VP and president of Korea operations

Qualcomm has appointed Oh Hyung as vice president and president of Qualcomm Korea, effective immediately, the company announced on Monday.

Kwon was most recently as vice president of sales for the company’s Korea operations. He joined Qualcomm Korea in 2007 as a regional sales manager and has served as senior director of mobile and IoT sales since 2012.

Qualcomm said Kwon “has a strong engagement with key OEMs and established excellent sales track record with his team.”

He will report directly to Jim Cathey, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm global business.

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