COO Yuile takes AAPT’s Broad reins


Telecom New Zealand subsidiary AAPT this morning revealed its chief executive Paul Broad (pictured) had resigned, with his post to be taken up from 1 July by the company’s chief operating officer David Yuile.

“Current [AAPT CEO] Paul Broad will finish his fixed-term contract with AAPT on 1 July 2011,” the company said in a statement this morning noting Yuile’s appointment.

Broad joined AAPT four years ago, and is reported to have taken a role leading Infrastructure NSW, which the new Coalition State Government announced during the election campaign would be a professional and independent organisation to improve the identification, priority and delivery of critical public infrastructure across the state.

Broad came to AAPT with the company’s acquisition of wholesale telco PowerTel, which he also led. Before his time at PowerTel, the executive had been one of NSW’s best-known utilities and infrastructure executives, leading EnergyAustralia from 1997 and transforming the company from a public utility into a competitive business in the fledgling electricity market.

For his own part, Yuile is already well-known within Australia’s telecommunications sector.

The executive joined PowerTel in February 2005 and shifted to AAPT in 2007 as general manager of the telco’s networks division, as PowerTel was absorbed by AAPT. He has been general manager of network and technology at AAPT since June 2008, leading a team of over 600 employees in that role.

Prior to working at PowerTel, Yuile was CEO at 90 East, a managed security services provider, while from 1997 to 1999, he was the co-founder of a company named Sales Technology, a company which was eventually sold to US company Interliant. He has also worked in a variety of other management roles with Asia Online, Pepsi Cola and Mars Electronics. In his new role as chief executive, he will report to Telecom chief executive Paul Reynolds.

“I am very pleased to be able to appoint David Yuile to this role,” said Reynolds in the company’s statement this morning. “David brings with him considerable experience and knowledge of both the Australian telecommunications industry and the AAPT business, and understands the challenges of sustaining business growth in a complex and changing environment.”

“I would like to thank Paul for his outstanding contribution during a period of outstanding change in the telecommunciations industry in Australia,” Reynolds added. “During his time at AAPT, Paul has successfully transformed the business from a predominant reseller, to a leading on-net data, internet and IP voice provider.”

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