Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has been named the next CEO of Singtel Optus, and will take over the role from current boss Allen Lew in April 2020.
Bayer Rosmarin has been deputy CEO of Optus for nine months, having been appointed to assist the business in improving customer experience.
She’s been appointed to the top job for her “unique blend of tech, commercial and management expertise” and career spanning tech, management consulting and financial services, according to Singtel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong.
Bayer Rosmarin came across from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where she was group executive of institutional banking and markets. She’s also worked in Silicon Valley for Oracle.
The Sydney Morning Herald has previously reported that Bayer Rosmarin had been in the running to be boss of CBA, but missed out as Matt Comyn was appointed.
Bayer Rosmarin joins at a pivotal time for telcos in Australia, especially as 5G starts to take hold and the economy is further digitising — points that she noted in a press release announcing her appointment.
“I look forward to harnessing and optimising the benefits of these changes for our customers across the country, and working with the passionate people at Optus to drive innovation, deliver great customer service, and power the digital economy with connectivity for all Australians,” she said.
Allen Lew has been CEO of Optus since 2014, and says he looks forward to “passing the baton” over to his replacement.
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