Hackett passes Internode torch

Internet service provider Internode has undergone a substantial reorganisation of its management team, with founder and managing director Simon Hackett taking on help in the form of a new CEO.

Internet service provider Internode has undergone a substantial reorganisation of its management team, with founder and managing director Simon Hackett taking on help in the form of a new CEO.

Simon Hackett
(Credit: Internode)

Former group GM Patrick Tapper has been appointed chief executive of the company, while Hackett will remain managing director.

Tapper joined Internode in 1998 from the media and entertainment industry, having worked in Greater Union Village Roadshow Group and EMI music.

Former financial controller Sean Habgood has been singled out for the newly created role of CFO. His former role has been handed to staffer Bruce Davy.

Habgood has been working within Internode for four years, of which two were spent within the financial controller role.

Pat Tapper
(Credit: Internode)

Tapper said the company would also be on the market for a chief information officer.

The CEO said the restructure was planned to accelerate the company's growth rate as the broadband market plateaued over the next 18 months. "We are broadening our management skill set to manage the transition to delivering a range of value-added broadband services," he said in a statement.

Hackett intended to keep a firm hold on the company's strategy and relationships with external parties. "My role will continue to be setting and maintaining our strategic direction through working with Pat Tapper as CEO and managing our relationships with external parties including the Government, the ACCC and our partners in Terria," he said.

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