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Quigley's NBN Revamp

4:10 AM -- Mike Quigley, the former Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) executive who is now CEO of Australia's national next-generation broadband network vehicle NBN Co Ltd. , issued a statement to his staff this week about the reorganization of the company's senior team. (See Quigley Lands Major FTTP Role, Australia Unveils $31B FTTP Plan, Telstra Bags $10B Broadband Deal and AlcaLu Lands GPON Role in Australia's NBN.)

Quigley notes that the revamp reflects the changing nature of NBN as it moves from startup to operational mode. Australia's media appears to have focused on the departure of CFO and former AlcaLu finance chief, Jean-Pascal Beaufret -- see this Sydney Morning Herald article, for example.

Here's the full statement:

    24 August 2011
    Mike Quigley
    Chief Executive Officer

    Today I am announcing a reorganisation of our management structure and the creation of a number of new roles in the company’s senior management team.

    The reorganisation reflects our transition from a start-up focused on planning and network design to a company capable of delivering the full-scale rollout of the National Broadband Network across Australia. The organisational changes include:

    The appointment of a Chief Communications Officer to manage government, media and stakeholder relations as well as oversee the public information campaign that will inform and educate the Australian public about the NBN rollout;

    An integration of sales, pricing, industry relations and regulatory functions in the expanded department of Product Management & Industry Relations;

    An increased focus on quality planning, control and improvement with the appointment of a Head of Quality;

    The creation of a new role of Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for construction, deployment planning, IT and network operations;

    The bringing together of supply chain management, procurement, commercial strategy and the management of the Definitive Agreements with Telstra and Optus, as part of the Corporate Services department.

    In two short years NBN Co has moved from being an embryonic company to an established business that is ready to build and operate a national network.

    In that time we’ve achieved some significant milestones: We’ve entered into 16 key supply agreements for construction partners, equipment suppliers and service providers; signed up 28 telcos and ISPs as wholesale and retail customers; and planned and developed the network architecture for the fibre, satellite and fixed-wireless services. In addition, we have concluded the Definitive Agreements with Telstra and Optus for access to their customers and infrastructure, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.

    That’s why it’s critical we move to the next step in our evolution. I am confident that this reorganisation of our management structure will enable us to deliver Australia’s largest infrastructure project in an efficient and coordinated manner.

    The restructuring will see seven departments reporting into the CEO, including four newly-created or newly-consolidated departments. These are:

    Chief Operating Officer encompassing the following functions: Construction (Dan Flemming, who is confirmed today as Head of Construction), Network Operations (Steve Christian), Planning & Design (Peter Ferris), Chief Information Officer (Claire Rawlins), New Developments (Archie Wilson), Health, Safety & Environment (Kim Flanagan), and Local Community Relations (which Mike Kaiser will continue to manage in the short term). A worldwide search has commenced for a COO. Until we make a permanent appointment, I will manage the COO’s responsibilities.

    Chief Communications Officer, Kieren Cooney. Kieren is joining NBN Co in November to take up a newly-created position that will be responsible for the company’s Government, Communications and Stakeholder Relations. He will also oversee a nationwide consumer information campaign covering the migration from copper- and HFC-based telecommunications networks to the fibre-enabled NBN. Kieren has held senior executive positions across the telecommunications industry, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer at Telecom New Zealand. Previously he was CEO of Leading Edge NZ, a nationwide telecommunications reseller and retailer. Until his arrival, Kieren’s responsibilities will be managed by Kevin Brown.

    Head of Quality, Mike Kaiser. Mike moves from his position as Principal, Government Relations & External Affairs to a new role responsible for implementing a comprehensive quality framework for the company.

    Head of Product Management & Industry Relations, Jim Hassell. Jim’s department is now responsible for Regulatory Affairs including the WBA (Caroline Lovell), Pricing (Dieter Schadt), Revenue (Stephen Myers) and Industry Analysis. These functions join with his existing responsibilities for Product Management (Leica Ison), Sales (Ben Salmon) and Product Marketing (Tim Smith).

    In other moves:

    Corporate Services, headed by Kevin Brown, will now include Commercial Affairs and the Definitive Agreements with Telstra and Optus (Tim Smeallie) and Supply Chain Management (Robin Payne). These functions join with Procurement (Alasdair Fuller), Legal Affairs (Justin Forsell), Facilities (Graham Millett) and Security (Ben Heyes). The Company Secretary (Debra Connor) will report to the chairman of the board and Justin Forsell. A search has commenced for a Chief of Human Resources; Kevin will continue to act in this role until an appointment is made.

    Chief Technology Officer Gary McLaren continues responsibility for Network Architecture & Technology (Tony Cross), the National Test Facility (Peter Girvan), and Product Engineering (Chris Roberts), Technology Vendor Liaison (Paul Lazarou), Transit (Andre Du Raan), Satellite (Matt Dawson) and Wireless (Joe Prelc).

    Regrettably, as a result of the reorganisation Christy Boyce is leaving the company. I thank her for her contribution.

    Also, Jean-Pascal Beaufret, our Chief Financial Officer, has informed me that he wishes to retire. Jean-Pascal has agreed to remain with the company until January 2012 while a search is conducted for his successor. Jean-Pascal has been an invaluable asset for NBN Co in developing our corporate plan and establishing robust financial systems. On behalf of all of us at NBN Co, we wish him well and thank him for his invaluable contribution.

    What the reorganisation does not change however is the task at hand: which is to deliver a world class communications infrastructure that will sustain Australia for decades to come.

    I’m confident we are putting in place the right structure to carry out that task on behalf of the Australian taxpayer.

    I look forward to continue working with you to deliver this vital project for the nation.

    Mike Quigley
    Chief Executive Officer
    NBN Co


For more on the NBN's developments, see the following news items:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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