NBN Co reshuffles executive team after Telstra deal

NBN Co has made key changes to its executive team, shifting the focus from overhauling the company after the election to commencing the multi-technology mix rollout.

NBN Co has reshuffled its executive team, moving JB Rousselot from strategy to focusing on the network rollout, while Greg Adcock shifts his focus towards implementing the AU$11 billion agreement with Telstra.

Late last year, NBN Co amended its agreements with Telstra and Optus to allow the company to access the copper access network owned by Telstra and the hybrid fibre-coaxial networks owned by both Telstra and Optus as part of the multi-technology mix rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). This will see NBN Co abandon plans to roll out fibre to the premises to the majority of Australian homes and businesses, and instead roll out fibre to the node, fibre to the basement, and utilise existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cables.

Following the completion of the deals, the executive team, mostly recruited by CEO Bill Morrow towards the end of 2013, has had its first shake-up as of March, as the company redirects its focus away from negotiations and internal reviews to commencing the multi-technology mix rollout.

JB Rousselot, a former Telstra executive hired during NBN Co's transition process as the chief strategy officer with responsibility for managing relationships with Telstra and Optus, will now oversee network and service operations for NBN Co.

This will take some responsibility from NBN Co's chief operating officer Greg Adcock, who will move into network engineering, and steer NBN Co's gradual takeover of Telstra network assets as part of the multi-technology mix. NBN Co's chief technology officer Dennis Steiger will remain responsible for the HFC portion of the rollout.

Ex-Vodafone executive Brad Whitcomb has moved from being chief culture and transformation officer into the role he had at Vodafone, overseeing strategy, transformation, and regulatory obligations.

NBN Co's chief information officer John McInerney has also been promoted to the executive team, and now reports directly to Morrow.

The company has also elevated Maree Taylor to the executive team to oversee human relations and culture within NBN Co.

The reshuffle was announced to staff in March, and came into effect from April 1.