03 May 2017
| James Pearce
Singtel-owned operator Optus has named former Telstra and Vodafone executive Stuart Bird to head up its wholesale and satellite division.
The new role will see Bird oversee
products, operations, service delivery, sales and marketing
across wholesale and satellite. This will include the
Australian operator’s National Broadband Network
He will be tasked with delivering growth to the division,
including an expansion of Optus’ NBN offering, and
expanding its satellite customer base across Australia,
according to Optus CEO Allen Lew.
Optus began offering wholesale NBN product through 121
points of interconnect in July 2016, adding wholesale access to
NBN’s hybrid network in January. It also provides
satellite services on a wholesale basis for a number of
companies in the region. In 2014, NBN struck a five-year deal
to use two Optus satellites to provide high-speed broadband to
remote and rural areas in Australia.
"With his strong track record in sales and revenue growth,
and a deep knowledge of fixed and mobile products, Stuart is
well placed to cement Optus' position as Australia's market
leader in both wholesale and satellite services," Lew
Bird’s spent more than eight years at Telstra,
most recently as executive director of home and business
products for Telstra retail, a role he had held since October.
He has had stints as executive director of fixed products and
services, director of pre-paid mobile products and services,
and GM for strategy and business performance in its mobile
He joined Telstra in 2009 from Vodafone Australia, where he
was head of marketing operations. His new role will see him
replacing Robert Parcell, who retired earlier this year.
Bird said, "I am delighted to be appointed to this role.
This is an exciting time to be joining a world class brand like
Optus, and a truly global company like Singtel. I look forward
to leading the team as it continues to build on
Optus’ great partnerships and superior
communications and technology foundations."