Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this afternoon announced Rick Turchini has joined the NBN Co board effective immediately.
Turchini, a civil engineer who has more than 40 years experience in the construction industry retired from construction firm Leighton Contractors in 2003, leaving his position as a company director and general manager for New South Wales and the ACT.
During his time at Leighton, Turchini oversaw projects including the M5 South West Motorway, Thomson Creek Dam and the Bankstown & Blacktown Hospitals.
He then returned to employment in the industry in 2005 as Managing Director of Baulderstone, a construction company that employs more than 1300 people across Australia, before leaving that position in the middle of last year.
Conroy said in a statement today that he expects Turchini’s appointment to “enhance” a board already containing a “strong skill set”.
“Mr Turchini’s construction experience, coupled with his management experience overseeing large infrastructure projects, will enhance the already strong skill set of the NBN Co board,” he said.
“I congratulate Mr Turchini on his appointment to the NBN Co board and I am confident he will make a great contribution.”
Turchini joins eight other existing board members, including NBN Co CEO and Executive Director Mike Quigley and Non Executive Directors such as Harrison Young, Peter Hay, Gene Tilbrook, Siobhan McKenna, Diane Smith-Gander, lement (Clem) Doherty and Terrence Francis.
Most existing members have some form of experience on other company boards, and all bring a range of experience from multiple industries including construction, financial and telecommunications.
Turchini has begun in his position, effective immediately.