While the the search goes on for a new group chief executive at TVNZ, the Australian who unexpectedly left the job is soon to be installed as CEO of Optus Communications, Australia's second largest telecommunications provider. The company's recent financial results have been disappointing, and Anderson is its third CEO in as many months, taking the position briefly occupied by Peter Howell-Davies after the departure of Ziggy Switkowski in early June.
Along with the announcement of Anderson's appointment, Optus outlined its new role in supporting Cable and Wireless' Asia Pacific expansion plans. As part of its plans for strengthening its existing working relationship with Optus, Cable is relocating to Sydney, says Rod Olsen, deputy CEO of Cable and Wireless and chairman of the company's Asia Pacific development board.
Richard Brown, CEO of Cable and Wireless, said, "The changes are a clear signal that our operations in Australia and the whole Asia Pacific region have an important role to play in our future."
At Optus, Howell-Davies is to stay on as an executive director.
Optus telecoms rival Telstra recently announced the appointment of Switkowski as group managing director of business and international markets.