blog Over the past several days there’s been a plethora of articles speculating that Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is about to appoint former Telstra and Optus chief executive Ziggy Switkowski to run NBN Co as the company’s executive chairman. However, as I write on Delimiter 2.0 this morning (subscriber content), this would be a terrible idea and an incredibly hypocritical move for Turnbull. A key paragraph:
“Ziggy Switkowski spent just one year at Optus during a time of chaos, led Telstra into a deep stasis in the 2000′s and hasn’t touched the telecommunications industry for the past decade. And yet Communications Minister-elect Malcolm Turnbull reportedly thinks he’d make a great choice to run the National Broadband Network Company. Can I please have some of what he’s smoking?”
If you closely examine Switkowski’s extended and recent history, what becomes clear is that he’s not really qualified to take on this role. Of course, it’s all speculation at this point, with the new Cabinet not having been sworn in, and Communications Minister-elect Malcolm Turnbull not yet able to take any concrete action yet on behalf of Tony Abbott’s new Government. But the issue is certainly hot enough to discuss; and the name “Ziggy” is certain to awaken memories in Australia’s telecommunications industry.
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