NBN Co. taps former Clearwire leader Bill Morrow as CEO during transitional time

NBN Co. has named Vodafone Australia's chief Bill Morrow as its CEO, signaling the start of a new era at the troubled Australian service provider.

Set to join the company at the beginning of next year, Morrow will be based in Sydney. Vodafone has not named a replacement for Morrow yet.

Morrow is best known as the former CEO of Clearwire, a competitive wireless broadband company, a position he held from 2009 to 2011.

He will report to Dr. Ziggy Switkowski, the former Telstra CEO who was appointed as NBN Co.'s executive chairman in October.

Morrow's appointment comes as the company is realigning its management team and finding new options to deliver broadband services via its National Broadband Network infrastructure. One of the proposals contained in the strategic review of the NBN is to use a hybrid copper/fiber FTTN (fiber to the node) approach vs. the all fiber-based fiber to the home (FTTH) method it initially used.

NBN Co. will release the first of four reviews of the NBN project today. The review was done in partnership with Deloitte, KordaMentha, and Boston Consulting Group. 

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who called for the review in October, said in an article in The Age that the review would shed light on "the status of the project at the moment--how much it is going to cost, and how long it will take to complete it on the current plan."

For more:
- see the release
- The Age has this article on Morrow

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