Woosh seeks chief technical officer

Replacement for previous CTO sought after interim

Woosh Wireless is advertising for a chief technical officer.

The wireless provider’s sales and marketing head, Gerome Garthwaite, says the role is being advertised because “it’s a good time to bring a CTO role back again”.

The previous CTO, Paul Kearney, returned to Ireland for family reasons at the end of last year, Garthwaite says.

“He was originally hired on a 12-month contract, and that was extended to another six months”.

Andrew McPherson performed the CTO role in a contract capacity for the first part of this year, but has since joined Gen-i, Garthwaite says.

“The existing team members stepped up after that, but we feel it’s now a good time to bring a more executive role back to the table”, he says.

Recent initiatives at Woosh, including a partnership with Telecom Wholesale on fixed line home phone and broadband announced earlier this month, and ongoing discussions with vendors re WiMax opportunities, mean “the time is right to bring that senior, strategic position back to the business”, he says.

The job advertisement on the Seek website specifies that experience in wireless telecommunications is preferred. The role also requires knowledge of wireless and IP networks, network build and optimisation experience, commercial and regulatory experience, and people management skills.

Woosh reported a loss of $21.2 million for the year to June 30 2008.

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