Telecom Career: Telstra adds three group executives

Staff writer

Telstra appoints three new group executives to further growth agenda

Telstra has announced the appointment of three new group executives, as well as the departure of its Retail group executive Gordon Ballantyne, to align with the Australian incumbent’s strategic growth.

Karsten Wildberger has been promoted from group managing director of consumer and acting GMD of products to group executive of Retail.

In this new role, Wildberger manages the Australian telco’s retail business including consumer and business divisions, product and digital business units with broader enterprise-wide responsibilities and a strong focus on customer advocacy.

Cynthia Whelan, currently GMD of Strategic Finance and acting group executive of International, will become group executive of International and New Businesses.

Whelan is responsible for driving growth initiatives into new markets, including Telstra Health, Telstra Ventures, Smart Home Solutions and new premium services, as well as Telstra’s international operations. 

Responsibilities for Strategic Finance, including mergers and acquisitions, will remain with chief financial officer Warwick Bray, the company said.

Joe Pollard, currently GMD of media and marketing, will take over the role of chief marketing officer and group executive of Media.

Pollard will continue to lead all of Telstra’s media and marketing functions including the chief marketing office. 

All the three executives are reporting to CEO Andrew Penn, who stepped into the role in May.

 “Karsten, Cynthia and Joe are outstanding executives who have already made significant contributions to our growth ambitions and will take even larger roles in this new structure. They bring significant international experience prior to joining Telstra,” Penn said.

“These positions reflect our commitment to improving consumer and product offers to customers through one laser-focused team, to elevate our media and marketing activities and align them across the business, and our continued focus on growth.”

F5 appoints Juni Yan as MD for Hong Kong and Macau

Juni Yan has joined F5 Networks as managing director, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In this role, she will be responsible for business expansion in Hong Kong and Taiwan, charting new business and channel strategy across Greater China region.

Yan is based in Hong Kong and reports to Jerry Huang, managing director of sales, Greater China region.

Prior to joining F5, Yan was general manager for Greater China SaaS business at Oracle. Before that, Yan worked for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.


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