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Former iiNet CEO David Buckingham joins Trident board Former iiNet CEO David Buckingham joins Trident board

Australian subsea cable network operator, Trident Subsea Cable, has appointed former iiNet chief executive officer David Buckingham and the telco’s former business business officer and chief technology officer Greg Bader, as non-executive directors.

Buckingham (left) and Bader join the Trident board following their recent roles as adjunct advisors to the company’s executive management and the board.

Trident chief executive officer Alexis Pinto says the appointments will augment the company’s industry expertise, financial and corporate management, and “ability to scale into international markets as the company progresses towards construction phase to build a high capacity, fibre optic subsea cable linking Perth, Jakarta and Singapore”.

“The Trident Board is pleased to welcome David and Greg as Non-Executive Directors at a critical stage of corporate and operational development. Trident’s ability to secure leading industry professionals of this calibre is testament to the company’s strength and progress to date.

“Both Greg and David offer invaluable knowledge and distinct skill sets, having been part of the team that managed iiNet’s growth from a local ISP to a major national carrier. Greg’s understanding of the global ICT industry and role in the PPC-1 cable provides operational and business development expertise, and David’s financial and corporate management background and M&A experience, will add firepower to the Company’s funding program and overall corporate growth plans.

“Trident remains on track to deliver the highest capacity, lowest-latency fibre optic cable connecting Australia and Asia. We look forward to leveraging David and Greg’s experience and networks in the telecommunications sector, and expertise in financial and operational management, as we work towards this goal.”

Buckingham joins the Trident board with more than 18 years’ experience in the domestic and global telecommunications sector. He was iiNet chief executive officer until November when the company was acquired by TPG, and is now the current chief financial officer at ASX-listed global education provider, Navitas.

Buckingham also held a number of senior financial roles at Virgin Media, the UK’s largest residential ISP and cable TV operator.

Bader joins the Trident board with more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having worked in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe for both telecommunications operators and vendors.

As well as his most recent role as iiNet’s chief business officer, Bader spent nine years as the telco’s chief technology officer and led the deployment of the company’s ADSL2+, VoIP and IPTV networks.


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