New Zealand telecoms wholesale provider Chorus appointed Kate McKenzie as its new CEO, effective from February 2017.
McKenzie (pictured below) stepped down as Telstra’s COO in July. She took over as COO in 2013 and was responsible for Telstra’s field services, IT and network architecture and operations.
She will replace current Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe, who will leave following a handover period in February.
Chorus chairman Patrick Strange said: “Having skillfully navigated through the establishment of Chorus and some tumultuous years, Mark can step down knowing the fibre rollout is going well, the company is in a strong position and it has been recognised as one of the best employers in Australasia for five consecutive years.”
He said “we look forward to Kate leading Chorus’ people to build on the excellent platform left for her by Mark, and the successful rollout of ultra-fast broadband”.
Chorus demerged from Telecom New Zealand (now Spark) in 2011 as a condition of winning the majority of the contracts for the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative. It owns most of the telecoms infrastructure in New Zealand, but can’t sell directly to consumers.