Just four months after her shock resignation, Gladys Berejiklian has scored another top job – this time at Optus.
The former NSW Premier has been appointed as the Managing Director of Enterprise, Business and Institutional at the national telco.
“I am excited and proud to join an organisation that impacts the lives of millions of Australians every day and prides itself in providing outstanding customer service,” Ms Berejiklian said in a statement on Friday.
“I look forward to working with Kelly (Bayer Rosmarin, Optus’ CEO) and the Executive Team of Optus who are providing inspiring and innovative leadership in the telco sector.”
Ms Berejiklian announced her resignation from the state’s leadership on October 1, 2021, amid an investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) into a potential conflict of interest or ‘breach of public trust’.
The 45th Premier of NSW made headlines in recent weeks after a leaked text exchange said to be between her and an unnamed current Liberal minister emerged, in which Prime Minister Scott Morrison was described as “a horrible, horrible person”, a “fraud” and “a complete psycho”.
In a statement released at the time, Ms Berejiklian said she had “no recollection” of the exchange.
In a statement announcing Ms Berejiklian’s new role, Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin described her as a “proven leader” who will help the company become Australia’s “most loved everyday brand with lasting customer relationships”.
“Gladys is a proven leader who demonstrated her renowned strength, leadership, discipline and composure in successfully guiding Australia’s largest state through one of the biggest challenges in its history while earning the support and gratitude of the community for her tireless contribution,” Ms Rosmarin said.
“I believe she will be a game-changer for Optus.
She will start her new role at Optus on February 28.
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