The company said: "Both appointees are Internet veterans having played key roles as senior executives, alongside AusBBS founder Rob Appel, in the formative period of ISP success story OzEmail." (OzEmail was Australia's first major ISP, and the market leader when it was sold to MCI WorldCom for $540m in 1999. It was later bought by iiNet.)
Appel said: "These appointments re-unite a team with the skill range and experience to take up the challenge of creating a new ISP business model in the midst of the NBN rollout."
McGregor was CFO at OzEmail over the period when it listed on the ASX and NASDAQ, and its later sale to MCI WorldCom. Since then he has been CFO of wireless broadband network operator Unwired (now vividwireless). He has also been CFO at UUNet and company secretary and CFO of Broadcast Services Australia. He is presently non-executive chairman of Australian Power and Gas.
Appel said that Kent had been CTO for OzEmail "while its massive growth put strain on evolving technologies." He added:" He has been at the bleeding edge of technological innovation throughout his career and current expertise in cloud-based solutions will add enormously to IT strategy at AusBBS...
"He has since been involved in the development of online messaging systems, cloud services and a broad selection of cutting edge internet appliances through his consulting company Spry Business Technology Solutions which will also provide high level IT strategy advice to AusBBS."
AusBBS emerged in April when it announced that it had secured an unspecified amount of first stage funding from un-named investors, saying it planned to launch trial services in August and that it would use cloud computing technology to deliver high speed data and voice services with the lowest possible cost structure.
Since then it has signed up Australian billing technology developer Utilibill to provide its billing platform and NextGen Networks to deliver its traffic to NBN Co's points of interconnect.
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