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Bird crosses from Telstra to Optus

Optus has snared former Telstra senior executive Stuart Bird to take over as head of its wholesale and satellite business.

Bird, who most recently held the position of executive director of home and business products for Telstra retail, has also worked as a senior executive with Vodafone.

He moves into the Opus role to replace Robert Parcel who retired at the end of April.

Bird will boost Optus’ executive leadership team and report directly to chief executive Allen Lew.

Optus has not announced a start date for Bird, but Nitesh Naidoo will act in the role until Bird formally joins the team.

Lew said Bird was joining Optus at an exciting time for the telecommunications sector.

“His focus will be to deliver growth from our wholesale and satellite businesses by expanding Optus’ wholesale NBN offering, delivering a competitive suite of mobile products and services for our wholesale partners, and expanding our satellite customer base across Australasia."

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