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04 August 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Nokia’s managing director for Oceania, Ray Owen, is leaving the company to take up an executive position as chief technology officer at the National Broadband Network (nbn).
Owen’s tenure is set to begin in November and he will report directly to JB Rousselt, the company’s chief strategy officer, who said: “We are delighted to welcome Ray to nbn and look forward to his vast experience in the global telecoms industry in helping us deliver the best possible network for Australians.”
Rousselot leads the company’s strategy, transformation, regulatory and technology division.
Owen comes from Nokia, which he joined in 2011, where he has held several roles. He was most recently head of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands since January 2016.
Nokia is one of nbn’s key partners in its network rollout thanks to its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Commenting on the appointment, Nokia Oceania head of corporate affairs, Tim Marshall, said: “Ray has done an outstanding job as managing director of Nokia’s Oceania business, where he has grown our market presence over the last two and half years and led a very successful integration with the former Alcatel-Lucent organisation.
Marshall added: He leaves on good terms after deciding to pursue a career opportunity in a different part of the sector. It’s always sad to lose a valuable leader and colleague, but of course we’re very pleased for Ray and the opportunity for him to further his career. We wish him very well.
The company’s former CTO, Dennis Steiger, departed earlier this year.