This morning we announced that Andrew Penn will be stepping up as CEO here at Telstra from 1 May, following David’s retirement as CEO after almost six years.

Who is Andrew Penn? Read more about his career below.

Andrew (also known as Andy) is an experienced Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer with a career spanning more than 30 years, including 20 at AXA Asia Pacific in a variety of finance, strategy and executive roles.

Andy joined us in March 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and in May 2014, he added Group Executive International to his responsibilities.

He is responsible for Telstra’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, risk management, tax, corporate planning, reporting and analysis, external reporting and investor relations as well as expanding Telstra’s operations outside of Australia — to name a few!

Prior to joining Telstra, Andy was with AXA Asia Pacific for 20 years. Andy held a variety of positions at AXA, including Group Chief Executive (2006-2011), Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand, Group Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive for Asia and spent time based in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.

In addition to his business activities, Andy has contributed widely to not-for-profit and community organisations, which you can read about here on Telstra Exchange. He is Life Governor and Foundation Board member of Very Special Kids, a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, The Big Issue Advisory Group and an Amy Gillet Foundation Ambassador.

He is a passionate supporter of the visual arts and supports many of our programs with the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Art Award.

Andy is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, has a Masters of Business Administration from Kingston University, London and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.