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NBN Board Appointees annouced

03 September, 2009
By Allison Orr

The federal government has appointed the board to the National Broadband Network (NBN) Company, the company that will direct the multi-billion dollar project to rollout, operate and maintain the national broadband project.

Five directors have been appointed:  Former Freehills law firm chief Peter Hay, former McKinsey partner Siobhan McKenna, former Westpac executive and McKinsey partner Diane Smith-Gander, former Wesfarmers finance director Gene Tilbrook and former Telstra and Acacia executive Doug Campbell – who is also heading the Tasmanian NBN company.  The directors join the recently-appointed chair, Mike Quigley.

According to The Australian, some industry analysts have been surprised at the lack of "net smarts" of the appointees: none has experience in Internet content or new media.  However, the article also points out that most analysts agree that the  management, legal and regulatory experience of the directors "would stand the company in good stead".

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