Spell in top seat gives a new perspective
Interim Telecom chief executive Chris Quin says he reached a deal with permanent boss Simon Moutter over his three-month spell keeping the top seat at Telecom warm - one that involved not doing anything he would need to undo.
“Mostly I've just got on with it, but a few things I've checked with Simon and he's not said ‘No' to anything yet, so maybe I should have tried harder,” he joked.
Quin's turn in the top job ends on Monday week when former Auckland Airport boss Moutter takes up the reins.
Quin, who was shortlisted for the permanent role, said he would slot back into his previous position as boss of Telecom's Gen-i division without qualms. “I still think it is one of the most exciting jobs in the country.”
It has worked out differently for fellow chief executive-aspirant, retail boss Alan Gourdie, who announced on Friday that he would quit Telecom at the end of October.
Quin said his spell heading Telecom gave him a new perspective on the business.
“While I have been in the company a long time there are things you don't do in the normal course of your job that I have got to see.”
These include the corporate side of the business and its position in the consumer market.
“I have kept a list for each day of ‘what did you make happen today' and I have tried to make sure I did make something happen at least every day.
“It is a funny highlight, but getting the CDMA network closure delivered on time was a massive task and we are pretty pleased with how successful we have been at getting customers moved to the future.”
The most obvious barometer of Telecom's reduced significance in the consumer market in recent years has been the gradual slide in its share of retail broadband, last estimated at 49 per cent.
Quin says observers will have to wait until its annual result in a few weeks to see whether it has reversed that decline.
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