blog Always wondered what secretive TPG billionaire David Teoh looks like? Never been able to check out a photo of the executive? You’re not alone. I’ve been writing about Australia’s telecommunications industry now for a decade and I’ve never seen a photo, let alone met the man. However, that changed this morning after the Financial Review published a photo of Teoh that a freelancer photographer had taken after camping out outside his house for days. The photo is published here on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald. The site reports:
“Up until now, most publicly available images of TPG boss David Teoh have been through tinted windows, or have shown only the back or side of his head as he moves to avoid the camera. There is no sign of his face on the company’s website or in its annual reports.”
Personally, I don’t think this kind of behaviour should be allowed. If you’re running Australia’s second-largest broadband company, if you’re responsible to shareholders of your publicly listed corporation, and most of all, if you actually care about providing some modicum of transparency to your customers, then you have an obligation to be a little transparent yourself. TPG — and Teoh in particular — appears to have a bit of a hard time doing this — and it’s probably why many Australian technologists are suspicious of the company and its operations.