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Vodafone’s Rushworth resigns; Stanners takes marketing control

Vodafone New Zealand chief marketing officer Mark Rushworth has surprised colleagues by announcing his resignation. “He came back from Christmas after surfing and growing a beard and announced he was leaving,” an insider told NBR. As first rep

Chris Keall
Tue, 19 Jan 2010

Vodafone New Zealand chief marketing officer Mark Rushworth has surprised colleagues by announcing his resignation.

“He came back from Christmas after surfing and growing a beard and announced he was leaving,” an insider told NBR.

As first reported by NBR, Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners has taken direct control of the telco’s marketing team while the search is on for a replacement.

In an email to Vodafone staff, praising Mr Rushworth’s contribution over the past three years, Mr Stanners said “[Mark] is planning to take a well-deserved summer break and enjoy the sunshine, sand and surf before deciding what’s next.”

Mr Rushworth (pictured, pre-beard) became chief executive of ihug after founders Tim and Nick Wood sold to Australian ISP iiNet.

iiNet subsequently sold ihug to Vodafone in October 2006, with Mr Rushworth joining the telco’s marketing team.

Mr Rushworth previously worked as a marketing manager for Telecom Mobile.

His last day at Vodafone is this Friday.

NEW YEAR, NEW JOB
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Chris Keall
Tue, 19 Jan 2010
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