Turchini appointed to NBN Co board

Turchini, a qualified civil engineer, has 40 years experience in the construction industry

NBN Co has appointed Rick Turchini to its board effective immediately.

Communication minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who announced the appointment, said Turchini would be joining the board at an ideal time as the construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) ramps up.

"Mr Turchini’s construction experience, coupled with his management experience overseeing large infrastructure projects, will enhance the already strong skill set of the NBN Co board," he Conroy said in a statement.

Turchini, a qualified civil engineer, has 40 years experience in the construction industry including 23 years in senior roles at Leighton Contractors and Baulderstone prior to retiring in 2010.

He has also been a member of the Australian Constructors Association Board, the National Advisory Board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, and the New South Wales Government Construction Roundtable.

In a recent reshuffle, during which NBN Co CFO Jean-Pascal Beaufret resigned, the company announced Dan Fleming had been appointed its head of construction.

Fleming had been acting in the role, which he stepped into following the abrupt resignation of previous construction head, Patrick Flannigan, which came just days after the network wholesaler scrapped 14 construction tenders.

Flannigan has since joined Australian ICT consultancy firm UXC reporting to the company’s managing director, Cris Nicolli, on a full-time advisory basis to support the company’s plan to decouple its IT and Field Solutions business arms.

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