Ex-Telstra executive director to head NBN Co review

Ziggy Switkowski, Telstra's former chief executive, has announced that JB Rousselot head of strategy and transformation at NBN Co

NBN Co's executive chairman, Ziggy Switkowski, has announced that former Telstra executive director JB Rousselot will lead the strategic review into the government-owned company's rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Rousselot has been at Telstra since 2003, most recently as executive director, media, applications and user experience.

Rousselot title at NBN Co will be 'head of strategy and transformation', which includes corporate planning, strategy and decision support functions of the office of the CFO.

Rousselot role will also incorporate activities carried out by NBN Co's Quality group, eliminating the position of current head of quality, Mike Kaiser.

Prior to joining NBN Co, Kaiser had been chief of staff for Queensland Labor premier Anna Bligh and NSW Labor premier Morris Iemma. When he joined NBN Co in 2009, initially as government relations advisor, the Coalition slammed his appointment. The then shadow communications minister, Coalition senator Nick Minchin suggested NBN Co was a “dumping ground” for Labor supporters and ex-party staffers.

As well as his decade-long stint at Telstra, Rousselot did a stint at Ozemail, the ISP of which Malcolm Turnbull, now the federal communications minister, was chair in the mid to late '90s. Rousselot was CEO of Ozemail Interline from 1998-2000.

Immediately prior to his term at Telstra, Rousselot was executive director at Australasian Media and Communications Fund.

Rousselot will be a member of NBN Co's executive committee, reporting directly to Switkowski.

Turnbull announced earlier this month that former Telstra CEO Switkowski would be taking the reins at NBN Co as chairman. At the same time, Turnbull announced the strategic review into NBN Co and the rollout of the NBN: "What the status of the project is at the moment – how much it is going to cost, and how long it will take to complete it on the current plan, or the Labor government's plan at the 93 per cent fibre-to-the-premises model."

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