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New Boss To Champion Optus As Lew Returns To Singtel

Optus has named former Commonwealth Bank executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin as the successor to chief executive Allen Lew after it was announced he would be moving to the Thai arm of Optus parent company, Singtel.

Having held the position since 2014, Mr Lew has always planned for Ms Bayer Rosmarin to take over the post saying that Optus is always ‘succession planning’.

Kelly was first identified back in March as the future CEO of Optus by Mr Lew, having spent a year now with the company, Allen believes ‘she understands the industry and understands what we need to do’.

‘The board now feels she is ready to take the CEO role’.

Optus CEO Allen Lew, National Geographic Launch Event Sydney, Photo: Fergus Halliday

Allen will depart the role of CEO on 31 March where Ms Bayer Rosmarin will take over at a time of transition sometime in April 2020.

Kelly has joined at a critical juncture for the nation’s second-biggest telco, with 5G technology rolling out across the country, which Optus is taking key advantage of by offering to lease 5G capacity to the NBN Co to better deliver internet speeds.

Mr Lew has also hinted at opportunities in the regional market, with Optus investing $1 billion over the past 18 months to compete rurally with Telstra.

‘I look forward to passing the baton to Kelly whose ability to leverage technology, data and analytics to develop leading customer services and experiences will ensure Optus stays ahead of the game’.

In accepting the promotion, Ms Bayer Rosmarin said she was honoured ‘to lead Optus at this exciting juncture’.

A juncture that will also see the merging of the Department of Communications and the Arts with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development in February 2020.

You can check that story out right here.

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