Yesterday it was announced that Simon Beresford-Wylie would step down as our CEO from the end of September 2009. Rajeev Suri, currently our head of services, will be taking over.a the new CEO.
A lot will be written about our new CEO. I’m just going to briefly reflect on Simon’s departure.
There is both a lot of sadness and also understanding at the company around Simon’s decision. Sadness that a well-liked and respected colleague and leader is moving on, but also understanding that, after 27 years in the industry, most recently leading Nokia Networks and then as CEO of the new Nokia Siemens Networks, Simon had more than earned the right to choose when to leave the telecoms industry and focus on the next stage in his career.
In conversations yesterday Simon made it clear that, although he’s moving to a new industry and “not the retiring type”, he wont miss the extensive travel that his current role involves (particularly as his “back is shaped like an airplane seat”), will cherish more time with his wife, and have more opportunity to indulge his love of philately.
Rumours that the pain of second consecutive Ashes defeat on English soil had anything to do with this proud Australian’s decision to move on, are (apparently) unfounded.
He leaves with the company wishing him the very best for his future.