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Term of Office

Mr Russell was appointed as a Director effective 22 April 2024. His current term will expire on 21 April 2027.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Mr Russell is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of leading and driving change in the telecommunications industry. He has extensive international experience having performed C-suite roles in Hong Kong, Israel, UK, USA and Australia.

Mr Russell’s career focus has been on enhancing telecom market competition, improving industry service levels and challenging regulatory norms. He has pursued these goals through national mobile network launches with Partner in Israel and Three in Australia, and during operational turnarounds with Three in the UK and Vocus in Australia. He has a passionate belief in the foundational importance of both customer and employee engagement in operating a successful business.

Notably, Mr Russell has gained extensive strategic experience in the Australian telecommunications industry over the past two decades. In addition to his CEO position at Vocus, Mr Russell has also occupied roles as the Chief Country Officer at Optus and the Group Executive, Retail at Telstra.

Mr Russell is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a BA in Accountancy and Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom.

Current Company Directorships


Board Committee Memberships

Mr Russell is a member of NBN Co's Nominations Committee.