Ex-Telecom CEO receives $1.75m 'termination payment'

Chair Mark Verbiest thanks Paul Reynolds for his role delivering structural separation

Telecom announced to the NZX today that Paul Reynolds will receive a termination payment of $1.75 million.

In that statement Telecom chair Mark Verbiest thanks Reynolds for the role he played in splitting the company in two – into Telecom and Chorus, which was necessary to secure the lion’s share of the government-backed Ultra Fast Broadband network.

Verbiest says that since Reynolds joined the company, Telecom has outperformed the NZX50 index on a total shareholder return basis by more than 25 percent in the five years since October 2007.

Here’s the statement in full:

“Telecom has today confirmed that Dr Paul Reynolds officially ended his tenure as Telecom CEO at the end of the company’s financial year (30 June) and will receive a termination payment of $1.75m.

As has been previously announced, Chris Quin takes up the role of interim CEO until Simon Moutter begins as Telecom’s chief executive on 13 August 2012, three weeks earlier than previously advised.

Commenting on Paul’s departure, Mark Verbiest, Telecom Chairman said, “I would like to thank Paul for the role he has played in delivering structural separation and ensuring Telecom has the right focus and direction as it adapts to its new operating environment,” he said.

Since Dr Reynolds joined the company, Telecom has outperformed the NZX50 index on a total shareholder return (TSR) basis by more than 25% in the five years since October 2007.

Dr Reynolds’ termination payment forms part of an agreement that ensured he would remain with Telecom to oversee structural separation, the establishment of Telecom as a separated business, and then leave the company on 30 June 2012.

"The company needed certainty as to when Paul would depart and this agreement allowed time to find an appropriate CEO for Telecom’s new business, ensure an orderly transition and stability in our interim leadership,” said Verbiest.

“Paul would have been entitled to 12 months’ total base remuneration if the company had given him notice post demerger, but in that scenario he would have only been obliged to stay for three months,” he said.

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