Chris O'Connell is replacing Merv Altments as TUANZ chairman after a contested election.
As reported last month, O'Connell stood against Altments for the post. He told Computerworld he saw 2008 as a “tipping-point year” for New Zealand telecommunications. He said two competing philosophies of telecommunications were in play. One was the internet model of interoperability and “comfortably separated layers” that can be obtained from different suppliers and customised separately. The other, the old vertically integrated telco model.
“The trend [towards independently provided internet-style fibre networks] that started with Citylink is now going nationwide,” he said. Vital tools such as voice-over-IP and high-definition videoconferencing are “no longer the preserve of a few chief executives” but critical to the success of New Zealand’s economy.
“I want to make a difference at this crucial time and I think I can only do that from the chairman’s position," he said at the time, denying his run was an overt criticism of TUANZ's the current leadership.
A new board has also been elected. They are: Merv Altments
David Boyes, Westpac NZ
Kevin Drinkwater, Mainfreight Ltd
Michael Foley, Voco
Jane Hindle, Enterprise Northland Trust
Peter Muggleston, ASB Bank
Pat O’Connell, Rank Group
Bruce Turner, Connell Wagner Ltd
Doug Wilson, NZ Automobile Association