Telstra chair John Mullen set to retire, defends Optus

Telstra chairman John Mullen has introduced he’ll retire from his place throughout the subsequent two years, a choice which he says is contingent on serving to new chief government Vicki Brady settle in her new position and strengthening the board of administrators.

Mullen, who has been chairman of Telstra since 2016, individually defended rival Optus, which is dealing with widespread criticism for its historic cyber assault, and urged firms to keep away from complacency on the subject of defending buyer information. He stated he isn’t anticipating to run for re-election when his time period expires subsequent October, which might carry his whole time as chair to seven years.

Telstra chairman John Mullen will retire throughout the subsequent two years.Credit score:Dominic Lorrimer

“I’ve been on the Board for 14 years so it’s only pure for there to be hypothesis on my tenure, particularly as we now have Vicki in place as the brand new CEO,” Mullen stated.

“My present time period with the Board ends in October subsequent 12 months and I’ve two vital obligations nonetheless forward of me. Firstly, I must do all the things I can to help Vicki in her new position, and secondly, I would like to make sure that, along with the succesful administrators already on the Board, the Board is strengthened by the addition of latest administrators in order that my colleagues have a robust line-up of candidates from which to decide on when deciding upon my successor.

“If each of those duties are accomplished by subsequent 12 months’s AGM, then I cannot be standing for re-election,” he stated.

The feedback had been made as Mullen introduced the retirement of longstanding board member, Nora Scheinkestel, which is efficient instantly. He described her as “one of many perfect administrators” he had labored with. The remaining board administrators are Eelco Blok, Roy Chestnutt, Craig Dunn, Bridget Loudon, Elana Rubin, Niek Jan van Damme and Sue Laver.


Mullen stated if he was unable to finish the duties he had set out for himself, he would stand for re-election meaning to discover a new chairman inside six to 12 months. That might carry his time period as chairman to eight years and his time on the board to 16 years.

The AGM, which ran in individual and on-line, was centered on the completion of Telstra’s T22 technique (which concerned drastic cuts to the workforce and the variety of in-market merchandise and bringing contact centres onshore), its proposed company restructure, and plans to increase its regional community and 5G capability throughout Australia.

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