Today, the Rudd Government announced the appointment of Mr Mike Quigley as the Executive Chairman of the company established to deliver the National Broadband Network (NBNCo).

Mike Quigley is an example of an Australian executive who has reached the top of their profession globally, and is now able to bring the benefit of that experience home.

Few people in the world have first-hand experience with the deployment of the type of network our National Broadband Network plan involves. Mike is one of those people. He understands the technology, the applications, and all of the considerations that go into making a network viable.

Mr Quigley has had a distinguished 36 year career at Alcatel, one of the world’s largest telecoms technology and network deployment companies. He was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, leading more than 55,000 staff and responsible for operations in 130 countries. Mr Quigley also led Alcatel's team in the negotiations of the Euro 21 billion merger with Lucent Technologies which was completed in November 2006, before his decision to return to Australia in September 2007.

During the course of his career, Mr Quigley has led the development and integration of large scale Fibre-To-The-Premise (FTTP) and Fibre-To-The-Node (FTTN) implementations for some of the largest US carriers.

Mr Quigley has successfully led, as COO, one of the largest companies in this industry in the world. He has had to make the difficult decisions. During his career, Mike has managed the acquisition of numerous technology assets and knows how to value such assets from both a technical and financial perspective. He also has extensive experience in regulatory issues and telecommunications standards setting.

The Prime Minister noted that along with his accomplishments, Mike is also known for his energy and values. These will be crucial as he builds this fundamental national infrastructure for this generation and the next.

The Government is delighted that an Australian executive of the international calibre of Mr Quigley has agreed to take this vital role.

Mr Quigley will commence his role immediately and be actively involved in the NBN Implementation Study. His appointment as Executive Chairman provides the authority and direction to maintain the Government’s momentum on this project.

The Government is continuing the process to appoint other directors to the Board of the Company, and expects to be in a position to make further announcements shortly. It is anticipated that one of those directors will, in time, also be appointed as Non-Executive Chairman, with Mr Quigley continuing as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.



Mike Quigley was born in Kent, England in 1953. He is an Australian citizen, and is married with three daughters. Mr Quigley was educated at the University of NSW with a B.Sc in Mathematics and Physics, and a B.E (Hons 1) in Electrical Engineering. Mr Quigley's early career with STC (before it was acquired by Alcatel) was in the area of R&D and technical management. He then took on progressively more senior general management roles in Australia before becoming responsible for Alcatel's business in Australia and New Zealand.

In 1999 Mr Quigley became COO and then President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel USA. In 2003 Mr Quigley became President of Alcatel's Fixed Communications Group in Paris, responsible for infrastructure products including network switches and optical communications systems. He was then promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel at a time when the business recorded revenue of Euro 13Bn and employed more than 55,000 people in 130 countries.

In November 2006 Alcatel merged with Lucent. After supporting the new CEO through the initial phases of the merger, Mr Quigley decided to return to Australia in September 2007. Mr Quigley will remain a Non Executive Director of the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.


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