Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin resigns

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Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has resigned effective immediately, after presiding over two high-profile telco disasters within 13 months.

The former CBA executive led Optus through both one of the nation’s worst outages and worst data breaches in recent history, and has stepped down in a bid to give the telco a chance at a reset.

Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has resigned.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

“On Friday I had the opportunity to appear before the Senate to expand on the cause of the network
outage and how Optus recovered and responded,” she said.

“I was also able to communicate Optus’ commitment to restore trust and continue to serve customers. Having now had time for some personal reflection, I have come to the decision that my resignation is in the best interest of Optus moving forward.

“It’s been an honour and privilege to lead the team at Optus and to serve our customers. I am proud
of the team’s many achievements, and grateful for the support of the Optus team, Moon, and the
Group. I wish everyone and the company every success in the future.”

The company’s chief financial officer Michael Venter has been appointed interim CEO while the search for a replacement begins.

More to come.

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