Managing Director & CEO
Michael Simmons is a seasoned media and telecommunications executive who brings more than 30 years industry experience to Uniti Group Limited (ASX:UWL). Prior to joining Uniti, Michael was employed by TPG Telecom Limited (ASX: TPM) for in excess of 26 years. Michael held various executive roles and served as CEO for a large proportion of this time. TPM became a public company following acquisition by ASX-listed SP Telemedia Limited (SPT Group) which listed in 2001.
Prior to listing, the SPT Group was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington H. Soul Pattinson Limited controlled NBN Enterprises Group (NBNE). NBNE invested principally in media, entertainment and hospitality businesses including television and newspaper interests. Michael held executive roles within the SPT/NBNE Group of Companies, including as Chief Financial Officer. During his time with SPT/NBNE, Michael developed and implemented the business plan to create a telecommunications business within the Group, which became SP Telemedia and resulted in Michael being Group CEO. Michael continued to lead the growth of SP Telemedia until the acquisition of TPG Telecom.
In 2008, Michael left TPG Telecom to become the Managing Director of TERRiA, a telecommunications consortium of infrastructure-based telecommunications carriers, formed to bid for the contract to build, own and operate the National Broadband Network. At this time, Michael also joined the M2 Telecommunications Group, as a Director, when market capitalisation was sub $100M. Michael remained a Director until 2016 when M2 merged with Vocus (ASX:VOC) as a $2.2B enterprise. Michael joined the Board of Vocus as a non-executive Director before appointed CEO of Enterprise, Wholesale and Government. Michael went on to serve as Group CEO of Vocus Limited.
Between 2008 and Michael taking on the executive duties with Vocus, he also had numerous board and advisory roles within the telco and media sectors, most notably a 4.5 year advisory role with AAPT prior to acquisition by TPG. Michael has considerable executive experience in building ASX listed businesses within the telecommunications and media sectors and in particular regional markets.
Chief Customer & People Officer
Julia is an experienced enterprise leader with 25 years experience in the telecommunication industry. Achieving outstanding customer and revenue growth, Julia is an expert at managing customer facing teams. As Chief Customer & People Officer at Uniti Group, Julia maximises revenue by driving acquisitions, customer retention, market expansion, marketing and new product development across the Uniti Group. Prior to joining Uniti Group in July 2021, Julia was at Vocus for four years where she held the role of General Manager Enterprise & Government.
Julia was responsible for the management of more than $220 million in revenue and more than 150 employees across the Vocus Network Service business. Building a successful National Enterprise and State Government sales team, Julia was responsible for delivering an 11% growth in revenue during the first half of FY21 whilst many direct competitors recorded negative growth. Prior to working at Vocus, Julia worked at TPG, AAPT, Brennan IT & OneTel in various leadership roles.
Chief Infrastructure Networks & Technology
Geoff Aldridge has been in the Information and Communications Technology industry for over 20 years, specialising in the deployment of cable TV networks, Telephony networks, integration of GIS systems, Managing infrastructure integration, co-ordinating network builds and deploying Hybrid Fibre Cable TV networks into green field estates. He has worked at United Artists, Cabletel, TCI, Smallworld, GeoNet and BES before Joining Opticomm in 2007.
Chief Consumer & Business
Kurt is an accomplished senior leader with over 15 years' experience in the telecommunication industry. He brings with him extensive expertise in whole of business operations and strategic program delivery to maximise business performance in start-up, turnaround and rapid growth business environments.
As Chief Executive Officer of Retail at Uniti Group, he looks after the consumer facing Internet brands including Uniti Wireless & FuzeNet. Prior to this he held various senior leadership roles with Commander, M2 Group and more recently with Vocus Group where as General Manager he headed the Program Office across the Enterprise, Wholesale and Government lines of business.
Chief Financial Officer
Padraig is a Chartered Accountant with over fifteen years' experience across professional services, ASX listed businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University, and a Bachelor's Degree, Accounting and Finance, from Dublin City University. He is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer at Uniti Group, having joined the Company in 2019.
He has previously held senior finance roles at Vocus Group Limited (ASX: VOC), Simonds Group Limited (ASX:SIO), Arts Centre Melbourne and KPMG. He was previously a director of Melbourne's West Space gallery and Victoria's contemporary dance company, Chunky Move.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Arthur joined Uniti Group in April 2020 as an experienced Australian Lawyer and assumed his current role as general counsel and company secretary of Uniti Group in August 2022. With extensive in-house experience across IT, FMCG and Telecommunications Infrastructure organisations, in both ASX listed and private businesses, Arthur now leads the Legal, Risk and Compliance function for Uniti Group.