NBN contractor Silcar's CEO resigns

Major NBN construction partner Silcar has confirmed its CEO Peter Lamell has resigned following delays in the construction of the AU$37.4 billion network.

The chief executive officer of the National Broadband Network (NBN) construction partner Silcar, Peter Lamell, has resigned, marking two major executive losses for the construction partners of the AU$37.4 billion project since NBN Co announced that it would not meet its June target for premises passed by fibre.

A Silcar spokesperson this morning confirmed a report in The Australian Financial Review that Lamell would leave, but gave no reason for his departure.

"The Silcar board confirms that Silcar CEO Peter Lamell has tendered his resignation. The board thanks Mr Lamell for his commitment to the company during more than two and a half years in the role."

Silcar, a joint venture company between Siemens and Theiss, has been responsible for rolling out the NBN in Queensland, New South Wales, and the ACT .

In June last year, Lamell was forced to reject suggestions that the company would not tender again for the NBN amid claims that the network rollout was progressing too slowly.

His resignation comes almost two months after NBN Co announced that it would miss its June 2013 fibre construction forecast by up to 150,000 premises .

Silcar has also had to defend itself against suggestions that pay rates to the subcontractors that Silcar hires to build the fibre network are "extremely poor" .

Lamell is the second top executive to leave one of the construction companies in recent weeks. Service Stream's managing director Graeme Sumner announced his resignation in April .