Former Amex boss new Aust comms forum head

The Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) has appointed Anne Hurley, a former American Express director, as its new chief executive officer (CEO).Hurley will work with the institution on self regulatory codes and standards for the communications industry in Australia, bringing with her an extensive resume from vocations in corporate, legal and academic sectors from communications, policy and trade practice areas.

The Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) has appointed Anne Hurley, a former American Express director, as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Hurley will work with the institution on self regulatory codes and standards for the communications industry in Australia, bringing with her an extensive resume from vocations in corporate, legal and academic sectors from communications, policy and trade practice areas.

Most recently Hurley occupied a number of senior roles at American Express, directing the company's operations in telecommunications, networking systems, network engineering and regulatory affairs.

Preceding this position, Hurley was employed by legal firm Minter Ellison as a legal advisor to the Office of Telecommunications (OFTA) in Hong Kong.

Hurley has published a number of texts regarding telecommunications and competition law, and has lectured at both Sydney and Australian National universities.

Chairperson of the ACIF, Neville Stevens, says he is "delighted with Hurley's appointment, as "she brings relevant experience to the role".

"Anne has an excellent grounding in the current and future issues to be addressed by ACIF," said Stevens.

Hurley's tenure will become kick off on 19 April, following the retirement of founding chief executive officer Johanna Plante.

"On behalf of the Board I would like to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution made by Johanna Plante. Johanna was the inaugural CEO of ACIF when it started in 1997 and its effectiveness today is a direct product of her wisdom and hard work," said Stevens.