Vodafone loses another exec

Vodafone NZ general manager of networks and strategy Mike Davies has resigned.

Mr Davies has been most recently in the news for his bid (including his BBQ talking points memo to Vodafone staff) to promote his company's network as more robust than XT. His explanatory efforts around the RNC debate proved particularly successful.

“Mike's off in a few months. He's been with us for years and just felt the time is right for a change,” said head of corporate communications Paul Brislen.

After the Christmas break, chief marketing officer Mark Rushworth quit, hit by an apparent attack of surfing-related existential angst - only to pop up at Pacific Fibre (“Rod [Dury, Pacific Fibre co-founder] read I was on the beach,” Mr Rushworth told NBR).

Vodafone NZ chief executive Russell Stanners took over temporary direct control of marketing, where he is “dividing his time with Aaron Beckman who is handling some of the day-to-day CMO role,” said Mr Brislen.

The hunt to replace Mr Rushworth continues.

In October, a trio of senior managers resigned.

Head of corporate communications Alison Sykora left to start her own business. Ms Sykora was replaced by Mr Brislen through an internal promotion.

Head of industry affairs David Stone left to become chief executive of the Telecommunications Carriers Forum. Vodafone is still recruiting to replace Mr Stone.

And regulatory affairs manager Richard York (who formerly worked on the gate-keeper side of the fence that the ACCC - Australia's equivalent to our Commerce Commission) quit to head back across the Tasman.

Mr York was replaced by Hayden Glass, who moved across from the company’s marketing team, where he worked as a strategist.

Mr Glass held a public policy role at Vodafone before his recent stint in the company’s marketing division.

One industry rumour blamed an internal spat over mobile termination rates for the Sykora, York and Stone's departure. Mr Brislen rubbished the claim.

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Richard York was with the Australian Tribunal immediately prior to joining Vodafone. His ACCC role predated that.

As you have illustrated, Vodafone is a land of opportunity!

You have omitted to comment on the departure of Mike's manager, Ken Tunnicliffe, to take on the CTO role at Vodafone Turkey. Whilst Russell recruits for that role, Sandra Pickering (GM IT) has stepped up to take on Ken's responsibilities.

Like Tim Miles a few years ago and many many others, Ken is a shining example of a Kiwi being recognised within the Vodafone family of companies and being asked to step up to an exciting new challenge.

All the best

Tom Chignell
GM Corporate Affairs
Vodafone New Zealand

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I wonder how many of the VF team Mark Rushworth has discretelyshoulder tapped for roles at Pacific Cable?

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After 35 years in corporates ones nose detector gets to know if you lose one senior exec thats an accident but when you lose 2 3 4 5 6 in short order then there is a problem and its usually the person they either report to or who that person reports to.

And no amount of spin or flannel will change the perception that is usually the reality,

This is when a good Board of directors comes into play to find out whats happening before it gets much worse

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