Telstra brings on two telco heavyweights to exec team

New recruits will oversee a newly created technology, innovation and strategy portfolio, as well as retail business

Kevin Russell joins Telstra's leadership ranks
Kevin Russell joins Telstra's leadership ranks

Telstra has added two telco heavyweights to its executive ranks across retail and technology, innovation and strategy.

Stephen Elop, the former CEO of Nokia from September 2010 to September 2013, joins the ASX-listed telco giant in the newly created role of group executive technology, innovation and strategy. He is tasked with leading Telstra’s strategy to become a world-class technology company and reports directly to CEO, Andrew Penn. The role sees him based jointly in the US and Australia.

The role encompasses the chief technology officer, chief scientist, Telstra Software Group and corporate strategy and has direct links into product development functions.

As well as his stint running Nokia, Elop’s heritage includes executive roles with Microsoft, Juniper, Adobe and Macromedia. He starts at Telstra on 4 April.

“Stephen will immediately add major firepower to our team with his extensive and deep technology experience and an innate sense of customer expectations,” Penn said. “He is a recognised international technology leader and strategist from across a range of global organisations.”

Telstra has also appointed Kevin former SingTel Optus country chief officer and CEO of consumer for Australia, Kevin Russell, as group executive for Telstra Retail. He replaces Dr Karsten Wildberger, who quit the post in December after just three months in the role and officially finished up on 31 March.

Russell has a long history in the telco space. Alongside the three years with SingTel Optus from 2012 to 2014, he was formerly chief operating officer then CEO of Hutchison Three UK, rising to the role after being the CEO for Hutchison Telecoms Australia, where we oversaw the launch of the 3 brand and mobile services in 2003.

At present, Russell is CEO for a Silicon Valley-based technology startup and will join Telstra in late April.

“Kevin has an impressive track record working for several of the world’s largest telcos in a range of demanding markets,” Penn said. “He has passionately worked to build customer experiences in new and existing major consumer brands and service business clients. He has managed major programs across national fixed and mobile networks and is well regarded in the local technology community.”

Russell said Telstra’s commitment to improving customer services and being customer centric, and to simplifying and strengthening its core business were key to his decision to sign up.

More broadly, the market transition to the National Broadband Network and accelerating technology innovation presents growth opportunities and changing competitive dynamics requiring nimble execution,” he commented in a statement.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Getting your business ready for the Entrepreneurial Consumer

We all know the digital revolution has completely transformed the way consumers are interacting with brands, and that a lot of businesses are finding it hard to catch up. One way to closing this brand gap is to understand consumer behaviour and build a brand experience that meets these new needs.

Pip Stocks

CEO and founder, BrandHook

Brand management starts with management

As the world continues to grow and evolve, it’s more important than ever to build a strong brand that articulates your message clearly and consistently, stands out against the noise, and develops relevance with the people that matter. This makes managing your brand a key component to gaining cut-through and ultimately business success.

Dan Ratner

managing director, Uberbrand

Disrupting marketing as we know it

Call it digital disruption or the fourth industrial revolution, our rapidly evolving environment is affecting consumer perceptions, purchase behaviours and the way they consume information and products.

Jean-Luc Ambrosi

Author, marketer

Very interesting article which touches on the importance of a feedback loop fuelled by customer and market insights. Ideally this scenari...

Andrew Reid

Building customer insights in the data and digital age

Read more

Very very good piece- very novel and innovative and very possibly- effective - way to look at one's communication headlines!

Patrick Dsouza

Should your disclaimer become your headline? - Brand science - CMO Australia

Read more

Excellent post Rob, Mobile app users are growing day by day. Everyday lots of apps are launched in the market but not every app retains t...

Marcus Miller

Why app engagement must be personalised - Mobile strategy - CMO Australia

Read more

very informative blog. I really like the information given in this blog.http://gng.com.au/

Gajanand Choudhary

The evolving role of the CMO - The CMO view - CMO Australia

Read more

It is true That’s the new read following up Deloitte Digital's Digital disruption - Short Fuse, blowup analysis series, that appearance t...

miller645645@mail.ru

Digital disruption about to impact health, education sectors

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in