Turnbull may tap Switkowski for NBN

Summary:The incoming communications minister has said that any NBN Co CEO appointment would need to be cleared by Cabinet.

Former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski is well qualified to head NBN Co, incoming minister Malcolm Turnbull says. But no appointment can be made until the new government is sworn in, he said.

"Ziggy Switkowski is obviously one of our most distinguished business leaders," Turnbull told ABC radio on Tuesday.

"He would be very well qualified to be chairman of the NBN Co."

In July, after NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley quit, Turnbull hinted that he may sack board members from the organisation responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The company is currently led by board chair Siobhan McKenna.

However, Turnbull said on Tuesday that he couldn't comment now on any particular board appointments.

"Any such decisions will be taken by a new government after it is sworn in," he said.

"That's likely to happen early next week."

Topics: NBN, Government : AU

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