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.