Friday, 03 June 2016 11:14

Ben White to head Optus consumer business

Ben White, Optus Ben White, Optus

Veteran Optus executive, Ben White, has been appointed managing director, marketing and product for the telco’s consumer business.

White, who joined Optus in 2006, will be responsible for Optus’ consumer mobile and fixed products, TV and entertainment services, brand and communications, analytics and insights and innovation.

The consumer team is responsible for overall product development, go-to-market execution, and customer base management in the consumer and small business segments of the market.

White will also have responsibility for Optus’ wholly-owned brands Virgin Mobile and Vividwireless.

Since joining Optus, White has held a variety of senior roles across the fixed and mobile product and marketing portfolios, as well as wholesale, and strategy and corporate development.

Prior to joining the telco, White worked with a global strategic management consulting firm in North America and Europe.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew said, “After a global search, I’m pleased to announce Ben’s appointment to this key leadership role. His deep knowledge of Optus and the Australian telecommunications market will ensure we are well-positioned to drive consideration of Optus by delivering innovative solutions that entertain customers and enhance their lives.

“Over the past several months, Ben has been the driving force behind Optus’ recent successes including Yes TV by Fetch, Optus Music, Home Wireless Broadband, and our refreshed brand. With his extensive product and marketing background, Ben is well-placed to lead the next phase of our transformation starting with the launch of the English Premier League.”

White will be a member of Optus’ executive leadership team, reporting directly to Lew.


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