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Telstra Lands New International Boss


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Based in Hong Kong, Blanken will be responsible for its global network, IT and operations, as well as “strategic planning and control of the group’s technology roadmap,” Telstra said in a statement.

He will report to Tarek Robbiati, Group MD Telstra International, which is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Blanken joined the telco in 2009 and led “a major restructure program” focused on the network services business, which was attributed to the massive growth experienced by the division.

Prior to Telstra, Blanken was the GM and vice president, of Openwave Systems (Asia Pacific, Japan) as well as held several senior positions at European telco KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, including managing director of the Managed Services and Outsourcing division.

 “With more than 16 years of sales, marketing, operational and executive management experience in telecommunications, software and service integration businesses, Martijn brings extensive expertise and talent to Telstra International, ,” said Robbiati.

“Martijn will play an integral role in realising the benefits of our recently-added capabilities from Reach and will be a key driver of the group’s strategy to deliver greater customer and shareholder value.”

Telstra’s International arm manages its assets outside Australia and New Zealand including Hong Kong’s  mobile operator, CSL, China-based search and advertising businesses as well as global networks.