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Aussie Broadband appoints new Chair and Board members ahead of IPO

Media Release | Tuesday, 30 June 2020 | 2 min read

New Aussie Broadband board members left to right: Adrian Fitzpatrick - Board Chair, Vicky Papachristos - Non-executive Director, Richard Dammery - Non-executive Director

Aussie Broadband has announced a new Board line-up ahead of its IPO listing later this year.

The changes to its board include the appointment of Adrian Fitzpatrick as the ISP’s new chair, effective July 2020.

Managing Director Phil Britt said the company is delighted to welcome Adrian as Aussie Broadband’s new Chair.

“Adrian will bring a wealth of financial management experience and leadership as Aussie prepares to go public. He shares Aussie’s strong values and vision to change the game for all telco customers in Australia,” Phil said.

Before joining Aussie Broadband, Adrian held senior leadership and management positions with Pitcher Partners, where he was one of the firm’s founding partners.

“I’m very excited to be joining such a fast growing and highly respected internet service provider,” said Adrian. “Today the internet is no longer considered a luxury item but a necessity. Like water. Like gas. Like electricity. I am extremely proud to help develop the future of this business during these very unique times.”

Phil paid tribute to outgoing chair Ian Watson and non-exec director Scott Robson, who are both leaving the Board.

“I would like to thank Ian Watson for his outstanding service as Chair. Ian has been with Aussie Broadband since the start and was behind the company’s success in rolling our fixed wireless networks to the areas that needed it most. During his tenure as Chair, he led the board through both the good times and more challenging times showing strong leadership and professionalism,” Phil said.

Ian co-founded Westvic Broadband in 2003, and created the Aussie Broadband brand in 2006. The company later merged with Wideband Networks in 2008 to form Aussie Broadband Pty Ltd. He served as Chair on the Aussie Broadband board since inception.

He is also widely known for his humanitarian work, and is heavily involved in the Rotary Club of Warrnambool’s Papua New Guinea Water Project here.

“Ian has played an instrumental role in helping Aussie Broadband grow from a regional internet service provider to the 5th largest provider of nbn services in Australia today,” Phil said.

“I would also like to thank Scott Robson for his stellar service and expertise since joining the board. We wish him all the best in his next adventure.”

The reshuffle also brings two new appointments including Vicky Papachristos and Richard Dammery.

Vicky is a Board Director at GMHBA Health Insurance and ASX listed Big River Industries Ltd. She has spent over 30 years in blue chip companies, including Shell, Westpac, Myer and the Olympics. She is widely acknowledged for her strong focus on business strategy and customer engagement.

Richard was the former Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary at Woolworths Group. His telco experience includes roles at Telstra, Telecom New Zealand and AAPT in legal, regulatory and commercial roles, and he has also served as a partner of major law firm Minter Ellison.

The new board members join three existing members including Managing Director of Aussie Broadband, Phillip Britt, Aussie Broadband’s Chief Technology Officer, John Reisinger and co-founder of Westvic Broadband, Patrick Greene.

All information contained in this media release, including references to costs, speed, and capability of the Aussie Broadband network, was correct at time of publication, and may have since changed.

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About Aussie Broadband Limited

Aussie Broadband is an Australian operated telecommunications company that was formed in 2008 and is based in Morwell Victoria, Australia.

The company's main focus is nbn® (NBN) subscription plans and bundles to residential homes, small businesses, not-for-profits, corporate/enterprise and managed service providers.

As a licensed carrier, the company provides these services through a wholesale agreement with NBN Co, a mix of leased backhaul infrastructure from third parties and its own network equipment.

The company also offers a range of other telecommunications services including VoIP, mobile plans and handsets, entertainment bundles through its partnership with Fetch TV and connections through its own fibre, the OptiComm network and its white label platform.

With its acquisition of Over the Wire, the company is also a Tier 1 voice provider, and offers a range of tailored cloud, connect and collaborate solutions to business, government and enterprise customers.

Along with being a proud member of the Pledge 1% Movement, Small Change Big Change and more, Aussie Broadband is a certified B Corporation and the largest telco in Australia to hold accreditation.

Aussie Broadband has remained Australia's Most Trusted Brand in Telecommunications since December 2020 and was more recently named Australia's Most Trusted Telco for the second year in a row at the Roy Morgan Trusted Brand Awards for 2023.