Beaufret to leave NBN Co in shake-up

Beaufret to leave NBN Co in shake-up

Summary: The chief financial officer of the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co), Jean-Pascal Beaufret, will step down from his role as part of a sweeping shake-up to management, which the company says is to reflect its transition from a start-up company to a company undertaking a broad roll-out.

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The chief financial officer of the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co), Jean-Pascal Beaufret, will step down from his role as part of a sweeping shake-up to management, which the company says is to reflect its transition from a start-up company to a company undertaking a broad roll-out.

NBN Co confirmed to ZDNet Australia this afternoon that the staff movements include Beaufret's upcoming retirement. Beaufret will take his leave from NBN Co in January, allowing time for a replacement to be found. Beaufret joined NBN Co from Alcatel-Lucent, which came under intense scrutiny from the coalition because of the high-profile bribery scandal involving his former employer. Both Quigley and Beaufret were cleared after US authorities said that they never suspected the two of any wrongdoing.

Also included in the leadership change up is the creation of a new chief operating officer role to head up construction, deployment planning, IT and network operations for NBN Co. Company CEO Mike Quigley will steer that role until a suitable candidate can be found, NBN Co told ZDNet Australia, adding that the search will screen executives from all over the world.

NBN Co has also created a new head of quality role to be filled by its current government relations manager Mike Kaiser. Kaiser will oversee quality planning, control and improvement around NBN Co's network deployment. The company will also see a new chief communications officer take up residence later in the year, who will oversee, amongst other things, the public information campaign to advertise the NBN.

NBN Co's head of product development, Jim Hassell, will also get an expanded role in the new, grown-up company, adding head of sales and pricing to his title.

NBN Co told ZDNet Australia today that the reshuffle reflects a coming of age and its transition from a start-up company planning to deploy a product to a large-scale operation deploying the largest infrastructure investment in the history of Australia.

Topics: Government, Broadband, Government AU, Legal, NBN

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  • As reality sets in and the enormity of the task becomes apparent the changes begin. Notice we don't see the cost of the exit package or it's impact on the NBN bottom line. It appears the NBN elephant is still white.
    GBE-71384
    • ...or the guy is hitting 60 years old, misses his native France, is planning an orderly retirement and handover to the next CFO next year, and is probably a bit jack of the Opposition turning every move NBN Co makes into a political football and doesn't want to spend his final year in full time work having his name dragged through the mud by political opportunists.
      Gwyntaglaw
    • Keep drawing that long bow, GBE.

      Corporate shake ups have only ever proven to be good for companies. Next you'll be telling us Steve Jobs resigning will be the death of Apple.
      GoddyofAus