REANNZ appoints Scotsman as boss, as team takes shape

The management team now complete, REANNZ is seeking technical staff

REANNZ, the company in charge of New Zealand’s planned high-bandwidth Advanced Network for Research and Education, has appointed Donald Clark as its inaugural chief executive.

The appointment follows an exhaustive international search, says chairman Jim Watson. “We received applications from around the world and shortlisted ten applicants before making the final choice.”

Before his appointment, Clark was the Prime Minister’s policy adviser on telecommunications, transport, economic development, state-owned enterprises, science and innovation, and broadcasting.

He has also advised ministers on the government’s ownership interests in the Crown Research Institutes.

Originally from Scotland, Clark has been a New Zealand resident for the past few years. Before joining the New Zealand public service, he worked in Europe as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Two key members of the Advanced Network implementation team, Charles Jarvie and Mark Cordy, are staying on as senior management team members, in charge of development and operations, respectively. This completes the management team and REANNZ is now advertising for technical staff, Watson says.

Jarvie has headed the project team for the network from its formation, under the guidance of the Ministry of Research Science and Technology. Previously, he was chief technical officer of Alcatel NZ and helped Telecom’s international division implement the Southern Cross cable project.

Cordy joins REANNZ from telecommunications consultancy Amos Aked Swift. He has more than 25 years’ experience in telecommunications, having held a variety of senior positions within Telecom. He has been working on the core domestic and international REANNZ contracts for over 18 months.

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