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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:39

Vic McClelland to head Optus Networks

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Optus has finally announced a replacement for the respected Günther Ottendorfer. He is Vic McClelland, well known to many in Australia from his time with Vodafone and Hutchison.

On 4 November Vic McClelland will take up the role of Managing Director of Optus Networks. He will be responsible for strategic investment in mobile infrastructure and the day-to-day running of fixed, mobile and satellite networks, and will report to Kevin Russell, CEO of Optus Consumer.

McClelland comes to Optus from Ericsson, where he was most recently Vice President of Technology Strategy for Internet Services, based in Silicon Valley. Previous roles include Head of Technology Strategy and Planning for Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Chief Technical Officer for Hutchison Telecommunications, Australia.

Russell said that Vic McClelland’s extensive local and international experience make him an outstanding addition to the team. “His track record as a pioneer in the rollout of Australia’s first 3G network and recent work in Silicon Valley, where he has been at the forefront of technology innovation in network development and device ecosytems, speaks for itself.

“With a passion for technology, customers and people, Vic will build on the leadership and momentum Optus has achieved through recent network upgrades and expansions. There is however still much to be done to ensure all our customers get the best possible network experience each and every day,” said Russell said.

McClelland said he was pleased to be returning home at such an exciting time. “I’m keen to get started on the next phase of rolling out Optus’s multiband 4G network, which will give customers an outstanding user experience through increased coverage and capacity.”

McClelland is certainly well credentialed, but he has big shoes to fill. He replaces the well known and widely respected Günther Ottendorfer, who recently left Optus to return to his native Austria as Telekom Austria's CTO (CommsWire, 5 April 2013).

McClelland has been with Ericsson since 2010, after a short stint with Vodafone Australia and nearly six years as CTO of Hutchison Telecoms, which owns half of Vodafone Australia. He has a B Eng from the University of Ballarat.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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