Wednesday, 27 July 2016 17:48

Vodafone’s Benoit Hanssen leaving CTO post to join Hutchison

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Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen

Vodafone Australia chief technology officer Benoit Hanssen is leaving the company after three years to take up a new post with the Hutchison Group.

Hanssen, who joined Vodafone Australia in 2013, will leave the company in late August, reportedly to join Hutchison outside Australia in a role yet to be announced.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia  is a 50-50 joint-venture between Hutchison Telecommunications and Vodafone Group .

Vodafone Australia has started a search for Hanssen’s replacement, with general manager access network delivery, Kevin Millroy, to act as chief technology officer after his departure in August.

Vodafone Australia chief executive Inaki Berroeta says Hanssen has made an “enormous contribution” to the business through his leadership of Network and Technology.

“In his three years as chief technology officer, Benoit has led the transformation of the VHA (Vodafone Hutchison Australia) network," Berroeta said.

"Among his many achievements, Benoit has overseen the launch and rollout of 4G on the VHA network, the upgrade of VHA’s core network, and the commencement of the fibre transmission network rollout."

Berroeta also said Hanssen had been a driving force in VHA’s campaign for increased coverage and competition in regional and rural areas, including through our participation in the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

“Under Benoit’s leadership, VHA’s network has improved significantly, with the 4G network now reaching more than 22 million Australians,” Berroeta said.

 “On the back of this improvement, the VHA customer base has returned to growth and we have set new benchmarks in the area of customer complaints with VHA achieving the lowest ratio of complaints amongst the major carriers for the past three quarters.”

Prior to Vodafone Australia, Hanssen was head of global managed services at Ericsson based in Stockholm, and also served as chief technology officer at Hutchison Indonesia.

Hanssen says his time at Vodafone Australia had been a highlight of his career.

“I’m really proud of the VHA network, and all that the team has achieved over the past three years. It’s been a privilege to play a part in the transformation of the network, which is now a network our customers love and trust,” he said.

“The VHA network is the best it has ever been – it’s fast and reliable, and I’m confident it will continue to get even better.”

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