Turnbull may tap Switkowski for NBN

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.

TOPICS: NBN, Government AU

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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  • Switkowski perfect for GimpCo

    Years of milking the copper, holding back broadband progress and screwing Australia are all key attributes that would make him a great choice.

    1207 days to go!
    Hubert Cumberdale
  • Of all the people likely to be appointed by the Coalition ...

    I don't think there will be a better option. An early engineering mentor of mine is good friends with him and he is an intelligent, principled and very capable person. If he is allowed to represent the interests of NBNCo first I think those who are bitterly disappointed by the election of such a talentless, small-minded government may be surprised in a few years time as to what will be achieved - (by NBN, not the government)
  • Any things better than the farce we've had to date

    Considering the main aim of the current NBC co seems to be drawing the veil over their dismal performance to date, any change would be an improvement. Maybe we could get a connection before 2020!!!
    • Dismal performance. ?

      Try being betrayed and sabotaged and see how well you do
      Abel Adamski
  • "Duke Nukem" Switkowski

    Malcolm's kidding, "Nukem" is living with the fairies at the bottom of the garden, he still thinks Nukes are viable in Australia.
    Talk about loonies running the asylum.
    Kevin Cobley