Optus loses networks chief Ottendorfer


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blog Optus revealed last week that it’s losing its highly regarded networks chief Günther Ottendorfer (pictured above left), who’s been the driving force between the rapid rollout of its 4G network. To put it mildly, this is a huge loss for Optus; Ottendorfer’s energy, good nature and passion for his work has been one of the main factors behind my recently growing confidence in Optus’ mobile capabilities. With the executive leaving, I would bet some of the wind will leave Optus’ 4G sails, and in the face of Telstra’s continued market dominance, that is a very bad thing indeed. We’ll miss you, Günther. The media release:

Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director of Optus Networks, has advised Optus he will be returning home to Austria to take up the role of Chief Technology Officer of Telekom Austria Group.

Kevin Russell, CEO, Consumer Australia congratulated Mr Ottendorfer on his new role, and praised his contribution in building and strengthening the Optus network over the last two years. “Günther has done an outstanding job in leading a team that has overseen the launch of the highly competitive Optus 4G network and strengthened our 3G capacity. Günther’s impact on our network is enjoyed by our 9 million mobile customersevery day as they surf the internet, stream video and connect with friends and family,” Mr Russell said.

Mr Ottendorfer said, “I am proud of our achievements in the last two years, particularly in launching the superfast Optus 4G network, and upgrading over 4,000 3G sites for stronger 3G coverage nationally. I have greatly valued my time running and building the Optus network and feel certain I will leave it in a great place – a strong, competitive network and a real choice for Australian mobile users. On a personal note, I’m looking forward to returning home to Austria with my family, and the opportunity ahead with Telekom Austria.”

Mr Ottendorfer will continue his leadership role at Optus until mid 2013, while working on a transition plan.

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