Telstra’s NBN champion calls it quits

Greg Winn to head back home to the US.

Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo

Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo

Telstra's top network chief Greg Winn has resigned less than a month after the telco was banned by government from bidding on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Winn's resignation as COO ends his tenure at Telstra that began in August 2005. He started a month after the appointment of CEO Sol Trujillo, joining initially for a planned two-year stint to help drive the then ailing telco's transformation projects.

Trujillo credited Winn, an avid opponent of the government's clean-feed Internet scheme and sub-loop unbundling, as playing an integral role in the construction of Telstra's Next-G and Next-IP mobile networks.

“There is no finer telecommunications operational executive in the world than Greg Winn,” Trujillo said.

“Telstra and Australia have been fortunate to have benefited from Greg's skills, leadership and wisdom over the past three years... I admire and respect all that he has accomplished.”

The company said Winn, who has 35 years experience in the telecommunications industry, will return to the United States to pursue “personal interests” with his family in Arizona.

“I will return to the US with pride and satisfaction at what we have achieved in the past three-and-a-half years,” Winn said.

Winn will remain a consultant to Trujillo for a further two months. Telstra said it will not replace the outgoing COO and said his subordinates will report directly to Trujillo.

He began his career at now defunct telco US West where he rose from a linesman role to vice president of operations and technologies.

Winn has previously said sub-loop unbundling “is the dumbest, most stupid thing I've ever heard,” and labelled the government's content filtering scheme akin to “boiling the ocean”.

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