Telstra hires former Juniper Networks chief operating officer Robyn Denholm

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Telstra hires former Juniper Networks chief operating officer Robyn Denholm
Robyn Denholm

Telstra has appointed former Juniper Networks executive Robyn Denholm to the role of chief operations officer, filling the vacancy left by Kate McKenzie.

Denholm will commence at Telstra in 2017, based in Sydney. She joined out of Juniper Networks where she was executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operations officer.

The appointment marks the full-time replacement of McKenzie, who left the COO role in August, having held the position since 2013. 

Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn said Denholm would oversee the investment of an additional $3 billion into the company’s $12 billion operations and networks space.

“Robyn has a proven track record as a global COO in a business focused on telecommunications networks. She has overseen business model transformation, supply chain and broader business process re-engineering,” Penn said.

“She has been a senior executive and director in a range of complex technology environments which make her ideally qualified for the role, leading a highly capable team within Telstra."

In Denholm’s nine years with Juniper Networks the company’s revenues more than doubled. Prior to working a Juniper, Denholm spent 11 years with Sun Microsystems, most recently as senior vice president of corporate strategic planning.

Brendon Riley, who had been acting as Telstra's COO, will return to the group executive for global enterprise and services role, while acting GES group executive David Burns will return to the group managing director for network applications and services.

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