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Vodafone CTO Departing After Three Years In Role

Vodafone Hutchison Australia chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen will leave the company in late August, joining the Hutchison Group.

Hanssen, originally from the Netherlands, joined Vodafone Australia as chief technology officer in 2013.

Vodafone Australia chief executive officer Inaki Berroeta stated that in his three years in the role, Hanssen “led the transformation of VHA’s network”.

“Among his many achievements, Benoit has overseen the launch and rollout of 4G on the VHA network, the upgrade of VHA’s core network, and the commencement of the fibre transmission network rollout,” Berroeta commented.

“Benoit has also been a driving force in VHA’s campaign for increased coverage and competition in regional and rural areas, including through our participation in the Mobile Black Spot Programme.”

Recruitment for a replacement is underway, with Vodafone Australia general manager access network delivery Kevin Millroy to act as chief technology officer following Hanssen’s departure until an appointment is made.

“I’m really proud of the VHA network, and all that the team has achieved over the past three years,” Hanssen commented. “It’s been a privilege to play a part in the transformation of the network, which is now a network our customers love and trust.

“The VHA network is the best it has ever been – it’s fast and reliable, and I’m confident it will continue to get even better.”

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