Dr Freeth goes to Hollywood
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Seasoned telco watchers may have been surprised to spot TelstraClear CEO Allan Freeth in a TV3 news item about Prime Minister John Key visiting Hollywood studios on Saturday evening.
Was Freeth, who has been outspoken about TelstraClear's contract with Sky TV, there to do his own deals with the studios?
Or, maybe he was scoping out a new career as an actor, as his current position is likely to be disestablished if Vodafone gets the green light to buy TelstraClear later this month?
According to TelstraClear spokesperson Gary Bowering, Freeth was there in his capacity as a board member of Film NZ, a Wellington-based screen industry organisation that markets New Zealand as an international centre for screen production. Freeth was appointed to the Film NZ board in December 2011.
Bowering says Freeth is on holiday in the US with his family and he took some time out to take part in the tour with the Film NZ delegation accompanying the PM. “He’s been a film buff for years and he loves the movies, that is why he was there, nothing to do with TelstraClear,” says Bowering.
What value could this man possibly add? He is without doubt the most odious man I have ever worked with. His current business is run like his own personal corner shop, at the whim of his own bizarre and incompetent whim. He could not have got away with this if he had a more effective and engaged parent. What would be truly astounding would be if he finds a new role with any credible organisation (as opposed to some third rate quango or charity).
Posted by Anonymous at 8:31:51 on October 25, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 7:49:52 on October 12, 2012
I challenge anyone to convince me that the $1.2 Billion the government is spending for the fibre network will be as good as they claim for business. I work in cloud solutions BTW.
The $1.2 Billion you spending ladies and gentlemen is to watch movies, from Hollywood of course.
Telcos will need to play with the not so holly Hollywood!
There was an interview with Telcom's CEO on computer world few weeks ago, the only benefit he could see coming from the $1.2 Billion is to watch 100 movies per month!
Sky, Telco, Hollywood, and John Key on the same photo! Sure they are not planning a cure for cancer!
Posted by HK at 17:27:13 on October 11, 2012
Wonder what got declared at US Customs...?
Posted by Anonymous at 15:24:56 on October 9, 2012
Remember this (I worked there when this got sent out to all staff - utter disbelief by all...).
this was a company where one always felt as if they were on the edge of a cliff, perched awaiting the final push. Telstra should never have bought Clear.....it was its downfall...
Posted by TelcoBrat at 12:10:52 on October 9, 2012
Posted by Anonymous at 16:38:09 on October 8, 2012