Michael Simmons is a seasoned media and telecommunications executive who brings more than 30 years industry experience to Uniti Group Limited (ASX:UWL). Prior to joining Uniti, Michael was employed by TPG Telecom Limited (ASX: TPM) for in excess of 26 years. Michael held various executive positions and served as CEO for a large proportion of this time. TPM became a public company following acquisition by ASX-listed SP Telemedia Limited (SPT Group) which listed in 2001.
Prior to listing, the SPT Group was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington H. Soul Pattinson Limited controlled NBN Enterprises Group (NBNE). NBNE invested principally in media, entertainment and hospitality businesses including television and newspaper interests. Michael held executive roles within the SPT/NBNE Group of Companies, including as Chief Financial Officer. During his time with SPT/NBNE, Michael developed and implemented the business plan to create a telecommunications business within the Group, which became SP Telemedia and resulted in Michael being Group CEO. Michael continued to lead the growth of SP Telemedia until the acquisition of TPG Telecom.
In 2008, Michael left TPG Telecom to become the Managing Director of TERRiA, a telecommunications consortium of infrastructure-based telecommunications carriers, formed to bid for the contract to build, own and operate the National Broadband Network. At this time, Michael also joined the M2 Telecommunications Group, as a Director, when market capitalisation was sub $100M. Michael remained a Director until 2016 when M2 merged with Vocus (ASX:VOC) as a $2.2B enterprise. Michael joined the Board of Vocus as a non-executive Director before appointed CEO of Enterprise, Wholesale and Government. Michael went on to serve as Group CEO of Vocus Limited.
Between 2008 and Michael taking on the executive duties with Vocus, he also had numerous board and advisory roles within the telco and media sectors, most notably a 4.5 year advisory role with AAPT prior to acquisition by TPG. Michael has considerable executive experience in building ASX listed businesses within the telecommunications and media sectors and in particular regional markets.
Group Managing Director & CEO
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