Andy Penn became the CEO and Managing Director of Telstra,
Australia’s largest telecommunications company, on 1 May 2015. At
Telstra Andy is leading an ambitious change program transforming
Telstra to be positioned to compete in the radically changing technology
world of the future with 5G at its core.
Andy has had an extensive career spanning 40 years across 3 different
industries - telecommunications, financial services and shipping. He
joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2014 he took on the
additional responsibilities as Group Executive International.
Prior to Telstra, Andy spent 23 years with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, part of the AXA Group, one of the world’s
largest insurance and investment groups. His time at AXA included the roles of Chief Executive Officer 2006-
2011, Chief Financial Officer 2000-2002, Chief Executive Asia and Chief Executive Australia and New Zealand.
At AXA, Andy was instrumental in building one of the most successful Asian businesses by an Australian
company that was sold to its parent in 2011 for more than A$10bn.
Board Director of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA); Chairman of the Australian Government’s
Cyber Industry Advisory Panel, created to guide development of Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy;
Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria; Patron, on behalf of Telstra, of the
National and Torres Straights Islanders Arts Awards (NATSIAA); Life Governor of Very Special Kids and an
Ambassador for the Amy Gillet Foundation. He serves on the advisory boards of both The Big Issue Home
for Homes and JDRF.