Tina Symmans quits Telecom on eve of separation

Director of corporate relations key player in Telecom's bid for UFB

Telecom's director of corporate relations Tina Symmans will step down when the demerger of Chorus is complete on November 30, it was announced yesterday.

A key player in Telecom’s bid to take part in the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband initiative, Symmans has announced her resignation on the eve of the company’s structural separation. Chorus and the new Telecom are due to publicly list on the NZX tomorrow. Telecom’s structural separation was a condition of its participation in the UFB initiative.

Symmans joined Telecom in 2008 and led the corporate relations team which included media relations, government relations, internal communications and community relations. She helped established the Telecom Foundation, which looks after Telecom’s charitable and community-based initiatives and she will remain a director of the foundation following her resignation.

In a statement, Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds said Symmans had led “a notable improvement in the company’s relationships with key stakeholders, including government and the media”.

Reynolds acknowledged Symmans was a “key player” in the UFB negotiations.

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