Kelly Bayer Rosmarin is the new CEO of Optus, replacing Alan Lew, who will move to the management team of Optus parent Singtel after five years at the helm of the Australian telco.

Bayer Rosmarin has been Optus deputy CEO since joining from the Commonwealth Bank in March after missing out on the bank’s CEO opening. She will be CEO designate of both Optus and Consumer Australia with immediate effect.

Former CEO Lew will take Singtel’s newly created role of CEO Group Strategy and Business Development and Country Chief Officer Thailand.

“Kelly brings a unique blend of technology, commercial and management expertise from a career spanning financial services, management consulting and the Silicon Valley tech sector to Optus,” said Singtel Group CEO Chua Sock Koong. 

New Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin. Source: Optus.

“She will build on the success of Optus that has flourished under Allen’s dynamic leadership, particularly as we move into the next phase of 5G-powered growth.”

Bayer Rosmarin said she was excited to be leading Optus as it transitions to the next generation of mobile networking.

“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Optus at this exciting juncture, with 5G on the horizon and the Australian economy digitalising rapidly,” Bayer Rosmarin said.

“I look forward to harnessing and optimising the benefits of these changes for our customers across the country, and working with the passionate people at Optus to drive innovation, deliver great customer service, and power the digital economy with connectivity for all Australians.”

Lew, who has held senior management roles Singtel since joining in 1980, including Optus CEO since 2014, said the new CEO’s digital experience will serve the telco well.

“I look forward to passing the baton to Kelly whose ability to leverage technology, data and analytics to develop leading customer services and experiences will ensure Optus stays ahead of the game,” Lew said.

“Now known for our exceptional network, value and customer service, Optus is primed to take advantage of 5G to achieve a serious growth spurt. I’m eager to work more closely with the AIS team to strengthen their leadership in the exciting Thai market.”

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