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Internode's Hackett to move across to iiNet's board

Internode's Hackett to move across to iiNet's board

Internode and iiNet are continuing to integrate the two companies

Internode’s founder, Simon Hackett, will leave an executive role at the company to join the iiNet board in August this year.

Hackett established Internode in 1991, selling the company to iiNet in February this year for $105 million. Internode now has nearly $200 million in revenue.

“The integration between Internode and iiNet technical systems has gone much faster than expected,” Hackett said in a statement. “While I will continue to represent Internode as I always have, I am keen to contribute at a group level, influencing the strategy of the entire iiNet group.”

Newly appointed iiNet chief technology officer, John Lindsay, will run the company’s network and operations for both iiNet and Internode.

“It makes sense for the Internode and iiNet engineering teams to get together and for John to head it up,” Michael Malone, CEO of iiNet, said in a statement.

In other shuffles at the companies, Internode’s general manager business and government, Daryl Knight, will now be responsible for the entire group and report to Greg Bader, CEO of iiNet Business.

Internode’s CEO, Patrick Tapper, will also leave the company after 14 years to relocate to Queensland.

Both iiNet and Internode have been busy integrating their networks, including integrating the DSLAM backhaul, inter-capital and international networks. For example, in March this year iiNet and Internode announced their customers were able to share access to each company’s content library for free.

“Our ultimate goal is to become a single, well-integrated organisation that operates multiple strong, respected and loved brands in the market. I’m looking forward to continuing to innovate and disrupt the Australian telecommunications market for the better,” Hackett said in a statement.

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