Chorus has appointed experienced telecommunications and media executive JB Rousselot to take over as CEO on 20 November 2019.
Born in France, Rousselot previously held senior positions at Telstra and Australia's troubled NBN Co.
Most recently he was chief strategy officer at NBN Co, and before that he oversaw NBN Co’s network and service operations. His total remuneration at NBN Co in 2018 was A$1.17 million.
Prior to NBN Co he held senior roles at Telstra, including the executive director of voice, BigPond and media. He was also the CEO of IP telephony start up Interline, an executive director of the Australasian Media and Communications Fund and has worked in consulting and investment banking.
“The board was fortunate to be able to consider several high-quality candidates for the role, and we are pleased to have secured JB to lead Chorus through the next phase of its evolution,” said Chorus chairman Patrick Strange.
"As the build nears completion, the company’s focus turns to delivering on the full potential of the world class fibre infrastructure that has been built for New Zealand.
"JB has the right mix of skills and experience to drive innovation, efficiency and customer focus.”
Rousselot said New Zealand had a world class asset, with gigabit fibre to the home available to 87 per cent of customers.
"I am eager to continue the great work of the team to date, and truly deliver on the benefits of Chorus’ world class network by allowing New Zealand’s consumers and businesses to capitalise on an increasingly digital world.
"I would also like to thank Kate McKenzie for the great job she has done in her time leading Chorus, I take the role on with Chorus in good shape and well prepared to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the future."
Kate McKenzie, who delivered an update on a migrant worker exploitation scandal among its subcontractors yesterday, will step down from the Chorus Board on 19 November. She will stay on until 20 December, however, to ensure a smooth transition to the new CEO.