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Former HP boss has a new job at the country’s second largest telco.

David Caspari, former Managing Director of HP, South Pacific and head of Australian operations, has been appointed Optus Vice President of Product and ICT.

He will report to Optus Business’ Managing Director John Paitaridis.

Caspari quit working for the PC giant last September after the company hit a series of downturns.

The appointment is a bid to boost Optus end-to-end ICT services capability. 

“This is great news for our customers,” said John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business, which  targets enterprise and government customers.

“David brings a wealth of ICT experience across Australia and Asia Pacific and will be responsible for leading product and solution development of core telecommunications and ICT, as well as articulating the Optus ICT vision to customers and partners. Optus Business continues to attract strong talent from across the industry.” 

“Today’s announcements demonstrate the value Optus continues to provide our customers by aligning our telecommunications and IT technical expertise in core competencies such as business application services, cloud and data centres, unified communications and collaboration, and security.” 

In the last 12 months, Optus Business has publicly announced a total of almost $700M of integrated ICT contracts with Westpac, ANZ, UGL, Virgin Australia and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry .

Optus also announced the opening of a new Business Solution Centre – ThinkSpace in Sydney’s Macquarie Park where it will collaborate with customers to develop business strategy and innovation.

Jennie McLaughlin has been appointed to the role of Vice President for Business Applications and Solutions at Optus. 

Former Alphawest chief executive officer Ian Smith has been appointed to the role of Vice President for Managed Services and Delivery, leading an organisation of more than 1,000 telecommunications and IT professionals.
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