John Stanton named Communications Alliance CEO

Communications Alliance, the peak body for the Australian communications industry, today announced the appointment of John Stanton as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Stanton brings over 18 years of communications industry experience to the role, most recently as CEO of People Telecom.  He has also held leadership positions with Intelsat, Telstra, and OTC in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mr Stanton will succeed Anne Hurley who has led Communications Alliance and its predecessor, ACIF, for the past six years.  In August 2009, Ms Hurley announced her decision to step down from the role in 2010 to pursue other leadership opportunities.

Announcing the appointment, Communications Alliance Chairman, Michael Lee, said:

“Communications Alliance is very pleased to welcome John Stanton as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.  John has a deep understanding of the Australian and global communications environment and we believe the wide range of experience he will bring to the role will be a great asset to our organisation. Given his recent experience as Chief Executive of People Telecom, John also brings a strong awareness of the issues facing telcos and their customers in this highly competitive industry.

“As we welcome John, we also farewell our long-standing Chief Executive, Anne Hurley.  On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Anne for her outstanding leadership of Communications Alliance over the past six years, particularly in establishing its NBN Project.  We are delighted that Anne’s significant contribution to the Australian communications industry was recently recognised with the ATUG Chairman’s Award for Industry Contribution and wish her the very best for her future endeavours.” 

Mr Stanton will commence with Communications Alliance in late April 2010.

John Stanton – Brief Biography

John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with over 18 years of experience.

From 2006-2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom.   Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007.  In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.

Prior to that Mr Stanton was an executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide.  Based in the UK from 2001-2005, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit.  Mr Stanton also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999-2001.

Mr Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 as a result of the merger with OTC where he was Manager of Public Affairs.  From 1992-1999 Mr Stanton held a number of roles with Telstra including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services.  From 1996-1997 he was also Chairman of the Intelsat Board. 

In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a journalist and as a press secretary with the Australian Government.


Communications Alliance is the peak body for the Australian communications industry.  It presents a unified voice for its members in public policy, facilitates industry solutions to industry issues, and provides up-to-date information on industry issues.  Communications Alliance is also leading the industry's response to the National Broadband

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