Nick Manning quit his role as programme manager for the Ultra Fast Broadband network earlier this month to take up a position at Chorus. Computerworld understands the new position at Chorus is government relations manager, reporting to Vanessa Oakley, Chorus' general counsel and company secretary.
Manning advised the previous ICT Minister Steven Joyce throughout the UFB process, when the government was deciding on which companies it would partner with on the build.
According to a profile posted on the agenda for an IDC conference on telecommunications, Manning has spent the last three years designing and managing the implementation of the UFB, including the associated legislative and regulatory changes. He has over ten years experience in the telecommunications and IT industries, and began his career as a telecommunications regulatory lawyer.
This is the second high profile appointment for Chorus. Last month it was announced that IDC telecommunications analyst Rosalie Nelson would be taking up the role of manager for market strategy at Chorus. Her direct report at IDC Rosemary Spragg will follow her to Chorus.