Tim Miles has been named as the new CEO of Telecom’s ICT business unit Gen-i.
The former Vodafone NZ and Vodafone UK boss has also led listed agricultural services group PGG Wrightson.
Miles starts at Gen-i on February 4 where he succeeds Chris Quin, who took over as CEO of Telecom Retail in October.
“After three stints overseas during my working life, my family and I are now firmly committed to living back home. Professionally, the ICT sector has been a big part of my life and the opportunity to work with the team at Gen-i and make a real difference for customers is an exciting one. I am also looking forward to contributing to the transformation that Simon and his team have underway at Telecom,’’ Miles said.
He started his ICT career in New Zealand with IBM, where he was responsible for public sector customers, and later joined Data General Corporation, rising to Director of Marketing – Asia Pacific (based in Singapore). From 1994 until 2001 he was with Unisys Corporation in various senior executive roles, including as managing director New Zealand and as vice president responsible for Unisys’ worldwide telecommunications business.
In 2001, he joined the Vodafone group. He was CEO of Vodafone NZ for almost four years, then moved to the UK for assignments as CEO of Vodafone UK and then Group Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone plc.
In late 2006, Miles resigned from Vodafone and returned to New Zealand for family reasons. He was managing director of listed agricultural services group PGG Wrightson for almost three years until October 2010, and he has since been involved in a number of industry and not-for-profit organisations.
Telecom CEO, Simon Moutter said he was ‘‘ delighted that we have been able to encourage Tim back to the ICT sector, in which he has spent the majority of his outstanding business career.’’
‘‘Tim takes over the Gen-i reins at a time when more companies are appreciating the benefits of innovative ICT solutions, especially with the rapid expansion of next generation cloud computing services. Gen-i is well placed to assist more and more New Zealand businesses to an exciting ICT future – and make an important contribution to the overall success of ‘NZ Inc’.”
Gen-i provides ICT solutions for around 2,800 large corporate and government customers across New Zealand and Australia. In the 12 months ended 30 June 2012, Gen-i’s operating revenue was $1.36 billion.