Rod McGeoch, perhaps better known for his prowess at the helm of sporting bodies than for IT&T expertise, has been appointed to the board of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand. McGeoch attained a stellar profile when he led Sydney's successful bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games, and has held a variety of administrative roles in Australian rugby and cricket. He also has powerful business talents and is chairman of the Corrs Chambers Westgarth law firm and sits on the advisory boards of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and the Asia/Pacific Advisory Council of the international insurance group Aon Holdings.
In the telecommunications arena McGeoch is already chairman of Telecom New Zealand Australia, and was previously a director of AAPT, which was acquired last year by Telecom NZ.
McGeoch said that he has in recent years focused on the development of business links between Australia and other countries. "I'm a strong believer that New Zealanders can bring tremendous talent and commitment to the international arena in sport and business," he claimed. "On the Telecom board I will be contributing a constructive perspective to business growth in Australia."