The National Broadband Network Company has reportedly hired former outspoken telecommunications analyst Tim Smeallie as its head of commercial strategy.
Neither Smeallie nor the department have yet responded to requests for comment, but The Sydney Morning Herald reported the appointment today.
Smeallie left his position at Citigroup last year. The
reported that he, along with other colleagues, had left as the US firm's cost-cutting measures got underway.
Since leaving Citigroup, Smeallie started an advisory firm
called Numerico Advisory, of which he is the principal. Smeallie was often quoted on issues of note within the
telecommunications industry, both in his role at Citigroup and
heading up his new advisory firm. He has been vocal about the planned
National Broadband Network and the incumbent telco Telstra.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Smeallie will have to lead
the negotiations with Telstra over the role it will play in
the $43 billion network, engaging with Telstra's NBN team head Geoff Booth.
that Smeallie had done some work for former
fibre-to-the-node network bidder Acacia, which was chaired by former Telstra
executive Doug Campbell. Campbell
is now the chair of Tasmania's National Broadband Network Company.