Telstra wholesale boss steps down after 45 years at telco

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Telstra wholesale boss steps down after 45 years at telco
Stuart Lee

Telstra’s wholesale group executive Stuart Lee has stepped down after five years in the position.

Lee will be replaced by Telstra Business group managing director Will Irving in the interim until a permanent replacement is found.

Lee had been with Telstra and predecessor organisations for the past 45 years. He joined the Postmaster-General’s Department in 1971 as a cadet engineer.

In 2005, Lee joined Telstra’s executive team as program office executive director and was appointed as wholesale group executive in 2011.

Chief executive Andrew Penn thanked Lee for his years 45 working with Telstra.

“Stuart has been an amazing executive for Telstra,” said Penn. “Telstra Wholesale has substantially improved customer focus under Stuart's leadership while returning to growth after years of decline.

“He is widely respected for his courage, values and getting things done. Our major retail and wholesale competitors hold us in higher regard as a wholesale supplier. I am grateful to Stuart for his support of me during my time at Telstra and appreciate his wise counsel.”

Lee will finish work at Telstra on 31 March, to initially take long service leave.

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