Head of Telecom Retail quits
Gourdie was hired by former Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds, and joined the company in August 2008. Gourdie returned to New Zealand to take up the role, leaving his London-based job as managing director of UK and European operations at Asia Pacific Breweries.
Telecom’s new CEO, Simon Moutter, will appoint a new head of the retail business after he takes up the CEO position on August 13. Moutter was originally expected to start on September 1.
The Telecom Retail business unit provides calling, access, mobile and data services to more than two million customers, including consumers and small to medium enterprises.
Acting Telecom CEO Chris Quin says: “Alan has done an exceptional job growing the business during one of the most significant periods of competition and change in Telecom’s history.
“He has led a significant improvement in the company’s relationships with its customers, fundamentally reshaped Telecom’s mobile offerings to compete in a highly competitive and fast moving market, and continued to develop Telecom’s fixed line business.”
Alan Gourdie, who told media he was applying for the Telecom CEO role when Reynolds resigned, says he is proud of what Telecom and the Retail team have achieved over the last four years.
“We now have the customer focus and brand required to be a highly competitive retail service provider in the new world of telecommunications in NZ,” says Gourdie.
“The company has a bright future after demerger and I am pleased to be leaving the business with very good momentum.”
During Gourdie’s tenure he hired three high profile marketing executives: Florida-based Paul Hamburger, who oversaw the marketing launch of the XT Network and then left the company in 2010; Kieren Cooney who fronted for the company after the "abstinence" Rugby World Cup campaign was pulled, following a leak to the media; and Jason Paris, who replaced Cooney following a brief stint at Mediaworks and who remains with the company.
CIO100 2013 Overview: Chief transformation officer
CIOs are across a raft of programmes using disruptive and traditional technology - effectively leading change throughout the organisation in a tough economy.
Fighting for privacy
An interview with Kaliya Hamlin, aka 'Identity Woman' and head of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, which aims to give individuals control over their personal data and how it is used by corporations.
- New Zealand’s IT leaders announced at CIO Awards
- Amazon CTO: Stop spending money on ‘undifferentiated heavy lifting’
- CIO Agenda: Innovate and transform on the ‘third platform’
- Five ways to create a collaborative risk management program
- BlackBerry pitches to NZ businesses in bid to recapture market share
CONNECT WITH @ CIO NZ
CIO is bringing together the best of MIS NZ and CIO, the new look CIO is the only magazine that focuses on the unique management needs of senior IT professionals.
Get the latest news from CIO delivered via email.
CIO 100 REPORT
The definitive guide to New Zealand's largest and most significant ICT users.
READ NOW »