Telstra CEO, David Thodey, said Robert Nason, Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Business Service and Improvement, would replace retiring Foxtel chairman Bruce Akhurst. Under the terms of the Foxtel partnership with News Limited and Consolidated Media Holdings, Telstra has the right to appoint the Chairman. Nason has been a member of the Foxtel Board since March 2012.
Thodey said Telstra’s Group Managing Director for Innovation, Products and Marketing, Kate McKenzie would also be appointed by Telstra to the Foxtel Board. McKenzie will take the board seat currently held by Nason. The changes are effective 1 June 2012.
“Robert and Kate each will bring tremendous experience and leadership ability to the Foxtel board at what is an important time for Foxtel as it consolidates its acquisition of Austar and continues to compete in a challenging market,” Thodey said.
Telstra also is represented on the Foxtel Board by Telstra CFO Andy Penn and Sensis’ Executive General Manager – Customer, Gerry Sutton.
About Robert Nason:
Nason joined Telstra in February 2010 and has around two decades of experience in telecommunications or related industries. Immediately prior to Telstra, Robert was Managing Director, Wagering, responsible for Tabcorp's race wagering and media businesses, including Sky Channel and Sydney radio station 2KY. He joined Tabcorp in June 2006 after holding the position of Chief Executive of Racing Victoria for more than two years.
Prior to this, Robert held the positions of Vice President & General Manager of Global Industries with Electronic Data Systems Corporation in the U.S. and Executive Vice President at AT Kearney. Robert has also held senior leadership positions at Coopers & Lybrand and KPMG where his area of speciality was Communications, Media and Entertainment both in Australia and overseas.
About Kate McKenzie:
McKenzie oversees product, promotion and pricing across Telstra, including the major product units – Mobile Products, Fixed Voice and Broadband, Network Applications and Services, Media and Applications, Network Application Services, Data and IP as well as the Chief Technology Office.
She has previously held the positions of Group Managing Director of Strategic Marketing and Group Managing Director of Telstra Wholesale having joined Telstra in August 2004 as head of Telstra's regulatory group. Before joining Telstra, Kate was Director-General of the Department of Commerce in New South Wales and previously had held a range of senior executive roles in government departments and offices.