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Personal Broadband Australia Appoints Wes Dickson Chief Financial Officer

  • 10 June, 2004 09:29

<p>9 June 2004</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia. Personal Broadband Australia (PBA) today announced the appointment of experienced finance manager, Wes Dickson to the role of chief financial officer.</p>
<p>According to PBA chief executive officer, Jim Cooney, the appointment is a timely boost to the business’s investor finance management capacity. “Wes’s leadership will be critical in navigating PBA through the significant financial growth phases outlined in our business plan.”</p>
<p>Wes Dickson returns to Australia after nine years working in international finance, including financial controller and CFO roles.</p>
<p>His most recent position included four years as vice president, finance with U.S. private equity firm Callahan Associates. His experience there included merger and acquisition, and portfolio management experience in cross cultural, joint venture environments.</p>
<p>Prior to that Wes worked in a variety of finance roles, including with the Virgin group of companies, and KPMG, in Sydney and London.</p>
<p>“Wes has substantial and impressive financial management experience with start-ups and joint venture funding within the telecoms industry sector,” said Mr Cooney.</p>
<p>PBA recently engaged NM Rothschild to situate further investor finance in two tranches of AUD$20 million and AUD$45 million, respectively.</p>
<p>Wes was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1993.</p>
<p>Note. Wes takes over management of PBA’s finance role from acting CFO, Wei Yuan, who will return to ArrayComm in the USA. ArrayComm is a PBA investor, and licensor of the iBurst technology. Wei was the ‘W’ in CKW Wireless – the company now known as PBA.</p>
<p>*Pic available if required.</p>
<p>About Personal Broadband Australia
Personal Broadband Australia is an Australian company providing mobile broadband access services on a wholesale basis to distributors such as ISPs, carriers and mobile operators. PBA’s high speed, low cost broadband services access the Internet, e-mail and other applications with the complete freedom of mobility. PBA delivers the world’s first commercial implementation of ArrayComm Inc.’s iBurst technology. Investors include ArrayComm, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Australia, Jim Cooney, and Kyocera. The iBurst service is currently available through a network in Sydney covering nearly 300 square kilometres, which includes over 1,000,000 people and 200,000 homes and businesses. PBA is extending its network to Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra in September 2004, and next year to other capital cities and regional centres. Visit www.pba.com.au. iBurst is a trademark of ArrayComm, Inc.</p>
<p>For more information
Antoni Lee
Red Agency
t. 02 9955 7877
m. 0405 014 435
e. antoni.lee@redagency.com.au</p>

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