Telecom's group general counsel quits

Tristan Gilbertson to depart Telecom, returning to Australia

Telecom’s group general counsel Tristan Gilbertson has resigned and will be leaving the company in a couple of months, a spokesperson says.

Gilbertson, who joined Telecom in July 2008, was responsible for corporate services functions, which include legal, communications, regulatory affairs and risk and audit. His resignation was announced to the stock exchange this morning.

A spokesperson told Computerworld that Gilbertson is looking to return to Australia. According to his biography on Telecom's website, Gilbertson previously worked for Vodafone Group, in roles that included legal and regulatory director - Asia-Pacific Region and governance and change programme director - Europe Region.

A statement to the NZX notes that Gilbertson “has decided following demerger that he is ready for his next challenge outside of Telecom.”

“I would like to thank Tristan for his contribution over a period of immense change for Telecom, which included the successful execution of a world-first demerger and the establishment of Telecom as a stand alone service provider,” says Telecom CEO Simon Moutter.

Moutter says he has yet to make a decision on Gilbertson’s replacement, or how his duties will be taken care of following his departure.

“Given Tristan’s departure I will take the opportunity to consider how these key functions can best serve a retail-focused service provider. I will be working with Tristan on this before his departure.”

Telecom’s head of corporate communications Ian Bonnar resigned last week.

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