TransACT tech chief quits

TransACT tech chief quits

Summary: Gordon Dunsford, head of technology for Canberra-based telco outfit, TransACT, has resigned from the role after just 12 months.

TOPICS: CXO, Government AU

Gordon Dunsford, head of technology for Canberra-based telco, TransACT, has resigned from the role after just 12 months.

According to TransACT's chief executive Ivan Slavich, Dunsford resigned yesterday for "personal reasons". Dunsford is the second chief of technology to have left the post in as many years.

In his role as chief operating officer and general manager, networks and technology at TransACT, Dunsford was responsible for the telco's network, systems, IPTV, hosted and managed IT services for both internal and client-facing purposes.

The former chief information officer (CIO) of NSW electricity wholesaler TransGrid had replaced TransACT's former CIO, Carsten Larsen, last December. Larsen, who is now CIO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, left TransACT shortly after his role was narrowed to focus solely on technology and operations at the telco. Previously, TransACT's IT function had been provided as a managed service by its major shareholder and energy utility ActewAGL.

In an emailed response to, Slavich said: "Gordon has ... made an outstanding contribution. Gordon has utilised his extensive experience in information communications technologies (ICT) from the energy and telecommunications industries to lead the implementation and delivery of a number of successful strategic initiatives for TransACT."

Slavich said Dunsford's achievements included boosting the number of homes under agreement to be installed with its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. "This achievement culminated in the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, opening TransACT's new FTTP Gateway building in Forde late last year," said Slavich.

Topics: CXO, Government AU

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  • TransACT tech chief quits

    This is a massive loss to TransACT, this guy was extremely well respected by staff and customers alike, and the first real leader the place has had in it's 10yr existence, BIG BIG LOSS !!! Gordon will be very much missed -can't say much for the rest of management at TransACT !!