Vodafone veteran Russell Stanners joins new 2degrees board

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Vodafone veteran Russell Stanners joins new 2degrees board
Russell Stanners

A new board has been appointed for 2degrees, which recently merged with Vocus New Zealand.

Liz Coutts is the incoming chair, bringing experience from Oceania Healthcare, Skellerup and EBOS where she held the same role.

She holds a bachelor of management degree in business finance and marketing from the University of Waikato and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to governance.

Former Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners has been appointed to the board of directors.

University of Auckland educated Stanners is a well-known face on the New Zealand telco scene, having spent almost 17 years running Vodafone New Zealand, stepping down in October 2018. 

Kathy Meads who is currently a director of Port Taranaki, plumbing company NZPM, Queenstown entertainment tech company Magic Memories and The Shipowners' Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association in Luxembourg, has been appointed to 2degrees audit and risk committee as chair person and director.

Her previous telco experience includes roles as board director with internet provider Snap which the then 2 Degrees Mobile bought in 2015, and at fibre broadband services builder Enable, both in Christchurch, and network design firm ConnecTel.

Meads is Christchurch-based and has a bachelor of commerce degree from University of Canterbury.

The chief executive of 2degrees, Mark Callander, said the trio brings a diverse blend of capability and experience from a number of private and public companies.

Coutts, Stanners and Meads will help direct the telco's next stage of growth as a fully integrated mobile and fixed-line broadband business.

Apart from the three new directors, 2degrees board also includes investment banker Brett Jolly and Vic McClelland, Vocus Group's former technology strategy and architecture manager.

Jolly and McClelland are both from Macquarie Asset Managment, and sit as non-executive directors for the 2degrees board.

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