Seven West Media's Rohan Lund becomes NBN CEO candidate

Rohan Lund, the current COO of Seven West Media, according to a report in The Australian, is one of many possible candidates to take over the CEO post of the National Broadband Network Co. (NBN Co.) from Mike Quigley, who announced he was retiring from the company in July.

Quigley's retirement as CEO came amid a number of key setbacks including asbestos contamination fears, construction delays and cost overruns.

Egon Zehnder, an executive search firm, has cited Lund's experience in working at various telco and consumer-facing businesses as a good fit to lead NBN Co.

One of Lund's major accomplishments during his tenure at Seven West was his role in garnering a joint investment with Telstra (ASX: TLS.AX) to create HealthEngine, an online consumer health directory.

Before coming to the media company, he was strategy director of SingTel Optus and earlier was a director at Australia's first LTE network, Vividwireless.

Other candidates for the top job at NBN Co. include British Airways and Cathay Pacific boss Rod Eddington, former Melbourne Storm boss and telecommunications veteran Ron Gauci, and SingTel consumer chief Paul O'Sullivan.

Whoever is chosen to succeed Quigley will face an immediate challenge from Australia's Liberal-National coalition political party, which has proposed an alternative hybrid copper/fiber-based fiber to the node (FTTN) architecture, rather than fiber to the premises (FTTP), to deliver 25 mbps speeds to the country's residents and businesses.

For more:
- The Australian has this article

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