SingTel reshuffles management team in Singapore and Australia

Mr Paul O'Sullivan, currently chief executive officer (CEO) for SingTel's group consumer division and country chief officer for Australia, will move to be chairman of Optus, SingTel's Australian subsidiary. -- PHOTO: SINGTEL
Mr Paul O'Sullivan, currently chief executive officer (CEO) for SingTel's group consumer division and country chief officer for Australia, will move to be chairman of Optus, SingTel's Australian subsidiary. -- PHOTO: SINGTEL

SINGAPORE - Telco SingTel has reshuffled its leadership team and added some new faces, with the changes to take place Oct 1.

Mr Paul O'Sullivan, currently chief executive officer (CEO) for SingTel's group consumer division and country chief officer for Australia, will move to be chairman of Optus, SingTel's Australian subsidiary.

"After 10 years at the helm of Optus, Paul has expressed his desire for a change to a non full-time role," said SingTel group CEO Chua Sock Koong.

"As the chairman of Optus, Paul continues to be a strong advocate for our Australian business with his solid experience and knowledge. Paul will deepen our engagement with key stakeholders in the government and business community."

SingTel will also move its CEO, Group Digital Life and country chief officer for Singapore, Mr Allen Lew, to become CEO of the Australia consumer business and CEO for Optus. Mr Lew will be based in Australia.

"Allen is returning to Optus where he previously led the consumer and mobile businesses," said Ms Chua.

"He is a proven leader who has successfully transformed the Group's Singapore operations as well as built the digital business. Under Allen's leadership, we will continue to strengthen Optus' brand and long-term profitability."

Taking over as CEO, Group Digital Life will be Mr Jonathan Auerbach, who joins SingTel from McKinsey & Company, where he led the Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice in Asia.

Ms Chua said Mr Auerbach will "build on the momentum already established in the digital business and ensure SingTel takes a proactive and aggressive approach to global digital opportunities".

The new country chief officer for Singapore will be Mr Bill Chang, who will also remain in his current role as CEO, Group Enterprise.

Meanwhile, group chief financial officer (CFO) Jeann Low will add responsibilities for group strategy and group general counsel to her portfolio.

Ms Lim Cheng Cheng, currently managing director of group strategic investments, will be appointed deputy group CFO, reporting to Ms Low.

Overall, SingTel expects the changes to "enhance the group's focus in consumer business" in Singapore and Australia, improve governance and group synergies, and deepen the leadership bench strength.

"The restructure combines retention of existing management strength and experience with new leadership talent," Ms Chua said. "Our team will advance the SingTel Group's transformation strategy to sustain growth, competitiveness and innovation into the future."