Huawei announces Australian board

Huawei announces Australian board

Brumby, Downer and Lord to be the three independent members

Huawei has announced the name of the independent directors of its newly created Australian board, with former politicians Alexander Downer and John Brumby, as well as current chairperson of DMS Maritime Services, John Lord, being selected.

The plans for an Australian board were announced in April, along with the news that Huawei had opened an Adelaide office, in hopes that it would secure more local contracts.

The three local representatives will join Huawei Australia CEO, Guo Fulin, its South Pacific president and two members from its global board.

“Huawei has a lot to contribute to Australia’s ICT sector and I’m confident that the local board will establish a strong foundation for its long-term success,” John Brumby, who worked with Huawei during the creation of the Next Generation Technology Training Centre at RMIT, said in a statement.

Former foreign minister, Alexander Downer, said the appointment of a local board signified the importance of Australia’s relationship with China.

“At a time when Australia’s business relationships with China are more important than ever, Huawei has made an important investment in the Australian market by creating this local board,” Downer said in a statement.

“80 per cent of Huawei staff are now locals, and the technological innovation pouring out of Huawei’s global R&D centres will have a positive impact on telecommunications in Australia.”

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