Executive biographies

Bill Morrow

Bill Morrow

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Morrow was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co in December 2013. He joined the company in April 2014 with a remit to ensure all homes, businesses and communities across Australia can have access to high speed broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost to taxpayers.

Mr Morrow is well known for his global experience in leading complex turnarounds and capital intensive start-ups. His industry experience spans Fixed Line Broadband Services, Fixed Wireless, Mobile Wireless, and Gas and Electric Utilities.

Prior to his present role, he served as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia in Sydney, CEO of Clearwire Corporation in Seattle, and CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in San Francisco. Previously he was CEO of Vodafone's Europe region through Vodafone Group PLC and ran the group’s businesses in Japan and the UK.

Mr Morrow holds an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Condie College and a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.

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Greg Adcock

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Greg Adcock has been appointed to NBN Co as Chief Operating Officer on 7 November 2013.

Mr Adcock was previously executive director of NBN and Commercial Operations at Telstra.  He has spent the past 20 years at Telstra and was a key member of the Telstra team that negotiated the Definitive Agreements between Telstra and NBN Co.

His previous roles at Telstra include strategy and business planning, capital management, contract establishment, operational process optimisation, regulatory compliance, and strategic projects.

Prior to Telstra Greg worked in and around major projects in IT services with various roles at Lindemans Wines, GE, and Aristocrat including the computerisation of manufacturing and accounting systems. His involvement in the project to build the New Parliament House in Canberra provided him an excellent grounding and insight into the complexities of project management and the construction industry.

Stephen Rue

Stephen Rue

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Rue is responsible for the financial management of NBN Co's business activities, business planning, financial reporting, financial control, management reporting, taxation and treasury, as well as procurement and supply.

Mr Rue joined NBN Co in July 2014 as a member of the Executive Committee, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in financial management and high profile company transformation.

Prior to joining NBN Co, Mr Rue spent 17 years in various leadership roles at News Corp Australia including a decade as Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a Director on a number of associated boards including Foxtel, Fox Sports, REA Group and Australian Associated Press, as well as Chairman of the Communication Newspaper Group in Perth and Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.

Mr Rue is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Diploma in Professional Accounting.

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Justin Forsell

Chief Legal Counsel

Justin Forsell is responsible for all NBN Co’s legal services and its company secretariat and FOI functions. His responsibilities include all major transactions, dispute management and litigation, legal analysis and advice work, plus governance support.

An experienced legal practitioner with over 18 year’s in-house experience, Mr Forsell joined NBN Co in March 2010 as the Chief Legal Counsel.

Prior to joining NBN Co, Mr Forsell was General Counsel, Company Secretary and Head of the Governance at Vodafone Australia. He was responsible for legal, regulatory, government relations, company secretariat, inter-carrier relationships and corporate social responsibility across the company.

He has previously held senior legal counsel roles at Vodafone Australia, BT Group Japan and British Telecom in the UK. He commenced his career in telecommunications law at Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong after several years in private practice.

Mr Forsell has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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JB Rousselot

Chief Strategy Officer

JB Rousselot oversees NBN Co's strategy and corporate planning functions and is responsible for the management of the strategic relationships with Telstra and Optus. He is also responsible for NBN Co's regulatory strategy, engagement with industry regulators on the formulation and implementation of the regulatory regime and NBN Co’s wholesale supply arrangements.

He joined the company in October 2013 bringing to the business extensive experience in the telecommunications and media sectors.

He has previously held senior roles at Telstra including the Executive Director of Voice, BigPond and Media.

He was the CEO of IP telephony start up, Interline;  an Executive Director of the Australasian Media and Communications Fund; and has worked in consulting and investment banking.

JB holds a an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of management (USA) and a Masters Degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France).

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John Simon

Chief Customer Officer

John Simon joined NBN Co in January 2013 and is responsible for all aspects of product management and sales.

His accountabilities include developing and managing the life cycle of the NBN's product portfolio, and ensuring that it is aligned with industry needs and underpins the NBN Co corporate plan.

Within his portfolio, he is also accountable for delivering NBN Co's revenue targets and customer experience goals of its key channels to market, the Retail Service Provider (RSP) community.

Mr Simon is an established executive in the converged ICT market, with over 30 years' experience.

Mr Simon spent the last 11 years working for Singtel Optus in various roles including Managing Director of its Corporate, Government and Key Account Division (Optus Business). He also had responsibility for Optus' SMB division and prior to moving to NBN Co was the Managing Director of Strategy, Transformation and Customer Experience for Optus.

Prior to Singtel Optus, Mr Simon worked in the ICT industry for a range of companies including Telstra Multimedia and General Electric in various executive leadership roles. Mr Simon holds an MBA from the AGSM (University of NSW, Sydney).

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Brad Whitcomb

Chief Culture & Transformation Officer

As Chief Culture & Transformation Officer, Brad Whitcomb is responsible for ensuring the essential elements of NBN Co’s culture – it’s people, the operations and how we communicate internally, all work together.

Mr Whitcomb joined NBN Co in May 2014 and is a member of the Executive Committee reporting directly to the CEO.

A global telecommunications, technology and energy executive with experience in leading business operation and transforming business cultures.

Prior to joining NBN Co, Mr Whitcomb was formerly the Chief Strategy and Business Transformation Officer at Vodafone Hutchinson Australia responsible for business operations turnaround including diagnossis, strategy, planning, execution and governance.

Mr Whitcomb holds an MBA from Saint Mary's College of California and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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