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PNG Telecommunication Company, Telikom PNG has new boss

Kumul Telikom Holdings has a new boss. State and Enterprise Minister William Duma announced today the appointment of Andrew Johnson as Chairman of Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd following the National Executive Council decision of 22nd December 20 17 and subsequent notice in the Government Gazette.

Andrew Johnson replaces Mahesh Patel as Chairman of Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd, a position Mr Patel has held for over (3) three years. Minister Duma thanked the outgoing Chairman Mahesh Patel for his contributions and service to the communication sector during his time as Chairman.

“With his vast experience in telecommunications both internationally and locally, Mr Johnson will provide both stability and direction in the performance of the State owned telecommunications businesses within PNG, and will also restore confidence in both the senior management and staff of business owned by Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd”.

Mr Johnson is not new to the PNG telco industry as he previously was Chairman of BMobile – Vodafone, and a Director of PNG Data Co Ltd, both entities which are now subsumed into Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd.

Mr Johnson is currently the Chairman and majority shareholder of Delta Systems International Group of Companies, Australia.

Mr Johnson was the Managing Director of Telstra’s Data and Online Division, CEO of Tenix Defence Systems, Australia, Engineering Director of RAN Submarine Warfare Systems, and Managing Director of Orion Satellite Mr Johnson has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of

Western Australia.
Mr Johnson is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services to Australia on major national projects.

Minister Duma said “Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd plays an important role not only PNG’s telecommunications industry but also is a vital mechanism in the economic growth of our country. Mr Johnson will contribute significantly to revitalising the State owned telecommunications companies and bring them back up to reputable standards so that they consequently provide financial returns to their ultimate shareholders, the people of PNG”. Post Courier/Press Release

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