The National Broadband Network Company has nabbed Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's chief of staff to be its new government relations and external affairs chief, as well as separately appointing a chief information officer.
Mike Kaiser is currently leading Bligh's camp but will start work with NBN Co on 1 December, according to a statement issued by the group this afternoon.
Kaiser served in the Queensland parliament until 2001 when he resigned after admitting during the Shepherdson inquiry to involvement in vote rigging in Labor Party ballots in the 1980s.
He will be responsible for engaging with governments at all levels, including the federal sphere, as well as other external stakeholders. NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said that one of Kaiser's early focuses would be to identify opportunities for utilities to work with NBN Co.
Rawlins has qualifications in electrical engineering and economics and has worked as chief of staff to two premiers, as well as working in the private sector.
The new chief information officer is Claire Rawlins, who was most recently managing director of Group Technology for BT Design, a division of British Telecom.
"In this role she had responsibility for designing, building and implementing the IT and business processes, systems and technology," NBN Co said. "She will be responsible for IT strategy architecture, delivery and support of [the] NBN's extensive IT systems and applications."
Rawlins has also worked for Fidelity Investments, Qwest and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in a senior IT capacity.