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Vocus reshuffle leads to separation of enterprise and wholesale

16 Jan 18

Vocus Group has announced the decision to separate the enterprise and wholesale segments of its Australian business into two.

This will result in the telecommunications infrastructure provider having four reportable operating segments: enterprise and government, wholesale and international, consumer, and New Zealand.

The new divisional operating structure is intended to allow senior executives to focus on opportunities within these segments.

Current enterprise and wholesale chief executive Michael Simmons will now lead the dedicated wholesale and international division.

Simmons has led the wholesale operation of Vocus since late 2016 and brings experience in wholesale telecommunications, notably as long-term CEO of SP Telemedia (now TPG Telecom).

Scott Carter, current consumer chief executive will move into the role of enterprise and government chief executive, drawing on his experience in direct and channel sales from his roles at Request DSL, Powertel, and M2 Group prior to its merger with Vocus in 2016.

Sandra de Castro has been appointed as the new consumer chief executive.

De Castro brings a background in digitisation and transformation formed in ASX 50 companies over the last decade.

Prior to joining Vocus, she held senior sales, marketing and strategy roles at AGL Energy and National Australia Bank.

Group CEO Geoff Horth says, “The acquisition of Nextgen has opened new markets and presented significant growth opportunities to the group across all business segments and channels.

“The opportunities available in Vocus’ domestic wholesale business, combined with our investment in the Australia Singapore Cable, warrants the creation of a dedicated wholesale and international division and will ensure that we have the focus, products and service proposition to be the provider of choice to customers in this important market”.

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