Past leaders of United States-based telco AT&T
Wireless and BHP Petroleum will join Telstra's board as
non-executive directors, the company announced today.
The appointment of past (1999-2004) AT&T Wireless chief
executive John Zeglis comes as the company has faced criticism
over the past year for a perceived lack of technical
telecommunications expertise at board level.
"John Zeglis has led a distinguised career in the US
telecommunications sector and brings enormous insight and
experience to the board," Telstra chairman Donald McGauchie said
in a statement issued this morning.
The chief executive from 1986 to 1994 of home-grown company BHP
Petroleum Peter Willcox will also join Telstra's board.
"Peter Willcox is one of Australia's most respected and
experienced executives and now non-executive directors," said
Both appointments will need to be endorsed by shareholders at
the company's next annual general meeting on 14 November. However
Telstra's major shareholder, the federal government, has already
given Zeglis and Willcox the nod.
"In accordance with Telstra's constitution, the chairman, Mr
Donald McGauchie, recommended these appointments to the
shareholder minister who were pleased to indicate their
approval," said a statement issued by the government today.
Telstra has been seeking new board members for quite some
time. Coles Myer chief John Fletcher announced his resignation in
February -- effective 30 June -- while several others have left in the past few