Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:31

Telstra expands exec team

Mark Buckman, Telstra Mark Buckman, Telstra

Telstra has expanded its executive team appointing Mark Buckman as Group Managing Director, Media and Marketing, and Mike Wright as Group Managing Director, Networks. Buckman will replace Rick Ellis, who is leaving Telstra, as chief of the Media Group.

Announcing the changes today, CEO David Thodey said Buckman and Wright would immediately join the senior executive group, which supports the CEO leadership team setting and achieving Telstra’s strategic goals.

Thodey said Media Group Executive Rick Ellis would leave Telstra following the completed majority sale of Sensis to Platinum Equity Group significantly reducing his portfolio.

Under the changes, Buckman’s role will be expanded to encompass all of Telstra’s brand and digital media growth activities.  He joined Telstra in late 2010 as Chief Marketing Officer, and last year took extra responsibilities as Executive Director Digital Media and IPTV/Pay TV.  

Buckman will continue reporting to Telstra Retail Group Executive, Gordon Ballantyne.

Wright, a 33-year veteran of the organisation, is recognised as a leading international network engineer and oversaw the creation of Telstra’s renowned 4G mobile network for its customers.  Wright will continue to report to Group Executive Operations, Kate McKenzie.

Thodey said Ellis, a former Television New Zealand CEO, had helped Telstra expand its media credentials and relationships with key partners and stakeholders such as Foxtel and sporting organisations, and managed through an important period of consolidation at Telstra.

“Rick has served Telstra well through an intense period of change.  He was a key member of the Telstra leadership team and achieved major outcomes with our Foxtel working relationship and Sensis partnership with Platinum,” Thodey said.

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