Three execs out as Morrow begins NBN Co overhaul

Three of the old guard of NBN Co executives will leave the company over the next few months as new CEO Bill Morrow starts to overhaul the government-owned company.

NBN Co's chief technology officer Gary McLaren, head of corporate Kevin Brown, and chief financial officer Robin Payne will leave the company over the next few months as new CEO Bill Morrow makes his first mark on the company since starting the job mid last week.

Morrow told employees in an email to staff provided to ZDNet that following meetings with the government, the NBN Co board and executive team, he found that there was a general lack of clarity around goals for NBN Co, confusion about the NBN Co organisation, inadequate decision making, poor process management, and a poor culture in the company.

To that end, he announced today that NBN Co will move to a new executive structure from May 1 focused around five areas: Finance, Culture & Transformation, Legal, Regulatory, and Investor & Media Relations.

The direct reports back to Morrow from that date will be NBN Co's chief strategy officer JB Rousselot, chief operating officer Greg Adcock, chief customer officer John Simon, chief legal counsel Justin Forsell, and head of regulatory affairs Caroline Lovell.

NBN Co will also appoint a head of investor and media relations, and will need to find a replacement chief financial officer. Ex-Vodafone executive Bradley Whitcomb has been hired by the former Vodafone CEO to be NBN Co's new culture and transformation officer, reporting to Morrow. Whitcomb left Vodafone in January.

"Bradley Whitcomb who will join us on 1 May brings with him extensive experience and success in operations, strategy and business transformations, particularly in the telecommunications, technology and energy fields," Morrow told staff.

Brown, who was one of the first appointed in NBN Co will leave the company in July after a transition period. Payne, who was appointed as CFO in 2012, will also leave the company once a new CFO is appointed.

The chief technology office in NBN Co will now report to the chief operating officer Greg Adcock, and as such, McLaren will also be leaving the company after a transition period.

"Gary leaves the legacy of having created the technology architecture of the National Broadband Network and overseeing its initial delivery. He has also built a strong team of technology professionals who are now well placed to deliver the Multi-Technology Model," Morrow said.

Morrow indicated that this would not be the last announcement as part of the restructure he was brought on to lead.

"In an ideal world we would be able to announce all of the changes that flow on from the new structure, however as you can appreciate there is still more work to be done to get this right," he said.

"You can expect to hear more from me and the Executive Committee on the changes as we progress, as well as answering your questions as part of roadshows I'll be doing in May."

It comes as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann yesterday issued a new statement of expectations for NBN Co that advises the company to switch to the multi-technology model for the NBN rollout which will likely result in large parts of the fibre rollout being scaled back to fibre to the node deployments.