Surprise at Telecom sibling situation

Kevin Roberts related to company's HR chief

The Institute of Directors has expressed surprise that Telecom has not yet told shareholders that new director Kevin Roberts is the brother of Telecom's head of human resources, Trish McEwan.

Institute of Directors chief executive Nicki Crauford said the relationship would qualify as a conflict of interest, but she was surprised this had yet to be disclosed to shareholders.

She said Telecom was rigorous with governance issues and she expected the information to be disclosed to shareholders before they were asked to ratify Roberts at Telecom's annual meeting in October.

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