Greg McAlister named as Orcon CEO

Former Vodafone and Telecom executive to head New Zealand's fourth largest ISP

Orcon's new chief executive is Greg McAlister, it has been announced.

McAlister’s most recent role was at Vodafone as general manager - product marketing, where he had responsibility for all products – mobile and fixed. Prior to that he had a 20 year career with Telecom, including a stint as chief financial officer of its $2 billion retail division, and assisting with Telecom’s demerger.

Orcon was sold by Kordia to a group of private investors headed by Warren Hurst, it was announced on Monday.

McAlister, who was approached about the role after leaving Vodafone earlier this year, is not a shareholder in the business which is 48 percent owned by Hurst and 52 percent owned by a group of private investors who have not been named.

McAlister says Orcon has a solid customer base and an advanced technology platform, and he is excited to be taking on the challenge of guiding Orcon’s future development.

He says the company's success will depend largely on find "niches" that are not served by the two large telcos that dominate fixed line and mobile markets, Telecom and Vodafone. This could include over the top services such as content delivered over broadband services.

“I intend to ensure Orcon continues to invest in, and capitalise on, the significant growth opportunities that exist in the market. My prime objective is to provide the best products and most reliable services to all our customers.”

McAlister says Orcon is committed to deploying Ultra Fast Broadband plans. To date Orcon has connected around 1400 premises.

Orcon employs 175 staff and has around five percent fixed line market share with around 56,000 broadband subscribers.

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