Ericsson's local managing director Barry
Borzillo will leave the networking vendor next month to captain another firm, after spending almost 20 years working for the company he joined as a graduate.
Borzillo, currently managing director for Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, will depart on 7 July to head up traffic technology vendor Tenix
His replacement will be Australian Bill Zikou, who is current Ericsson's
president of its South East Europe division. Zikou will take up the position on July 10.
"Zikou returns to Australia after five years serving as the
head of Ericsson businesses in Greece, Yugoslavia, Romania,
Moldova, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Albania and Malta," a statement
e-mailed by Ericsson late Friday night said.
Zikou has also previously held executive positions in
Ericsson's Australian business, including the chief operations
Zikou's appointment comes at a sensitive time for Ericsson in
Australia. The company has been contracted by Telstra to replace
its national CDMA mobile phone network with a controversial third-generation
Another key local customer for the vendor is Hutchison. Ericsson
has a large managed services deal with the mobile carrier and in
the new year will upgrade the metropolitan network Hutchison shares with
Telstra to the High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) mobile broadband standard.