Former KPN CEO Eelco Blok joins Telstra board

15 Feb 2019

Telstra appoints former KPN CEO to the board

Dutch telecoms veteran Eelco Blok (pictured) will join Telstra board as a non-executive director, effective February 15, 2019, the Australian telco announced.

Blok, who will also be a member of the nomination committee, will stand for election at Telstra’s annual general meeting later in the year.

Blok has almost 35 years’ telecommunications experience at Dutch-based landline and mobile telecommunications company, KPN, where he was CEO for seven years until April last year.

He started his career in a finance role at KPN in 1984 and has served in various corporate and management positions until being appointed as CEO in April 2011.

Telstra chairman John Mullen said Blok led “significant change programs resulting in value uplift for all stakeholders at KPN.

“The need for turnaround at KPN has many similarities with Telstra’s journey and we believe he will bring great value as we continue to execute on our critical T22 strategy,” Mullen noted.

“Over the past year we have been recruiting some very talented telecommunications professionals, adding to the wealth of experience we already have on the board. Eelco will add to that significant depth given his recent telecommunications experience and the similar challenges facing operators around the world.”

Ooredoo appoints Vikram Sinha as advisor to Indosat Ooredoo CEO

Ooredoo Myanmar has announced that its current chief executive officer Vikram Sinha (pictured) will take up a new role as advisor to Indosat Ooredoo’s CEO.

Vikram will also be joining the board of Ooredoo Myanmar as a director, according to a company statement.

Alok Verma, the current chief commercial officer of Ooredoo Myanmar, will be acting CEO until a replacement is appointed, the operator added.

Vikram joined Ooredoo in 2014 as CEO of Ooredoo Maldives before taking the helm at the group’s Myanmar operations in 2017.

H.E. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Ooredoo Group CEO, said Vikram’s experience will contribute to drive the growth and development of Indosat.

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