Telecom Career: Telstra operations chief Kate McKenzie retires

Staff writer
05 Aug 2016

Kate McKenzie to retire from Telstra

Telstra announced that chief operations officer, Kate McKenzie, would retire from Telstra after working with the incumbent for 12 years.

McKenzie will leave Telstra in the coming weeks. Group executive global enterprise and services, Brendon Riley, will be interim chief operations officer with immediate effect while a permanent replacement is found, the incumbent carrier said.

Riley was Telstra COO from 2011 to 2013 and is a former IBM global executive. Telstra’s group managing director for Network Applications and Services, David Burns, will act in Riley’s role.

McKenzie, one of Australia’s most respected corporate and government sector executives, has led three business units for Telstra during the past nine years.

McKenzie joined Telstra in 2004 as head of Telstra's regulatory group and has been Telstra chief operations officer since 2013, responsible for Telstra’s field services, IT and network architecture and operations. She has been part of Telstra’s CEO leadership team since 2007.

Vodafone promotes head of AMAP to chief commercial operations and strategy officer

Vodafone Group has promoted Serpil Timuray to the role of chief commercial operations and strategy officer and appointed Vivek Badrinath as Timuray's successor as chief executive for the group's Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMAP) region.

The appointments will take effect from October 15. Timuray will remain on the group executive committee and Badrinath will join the committee. Both will report to Vodafone Group chief executive Vittorio Colao.

Timuray has been chief executive of the AMAP region and a member of the Group Executive Committee since January 2014. She joined Vodafone as chief executive of Vodafone Turkey in January 2009 and was previously general manager of Danone Turkey from 2002-2008.

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