Chorus has appointed former Telstra and NBN Co executive JB Rousselot as CEO. He will take over from Kate McKenzie on November 20. McKenzie will step down from that role, but will remain with Chorus in an advisory role for a month.

Rousselot was recently chief strategy officer at NBN. Before that he was in charge of NBN’s network and service operations. At Telstra he was executive director of Voice, BigPond and Media.

He has also worked as the CEO of Interline, an IP telephony start-up and has been an executive director of the Australasian Media and Communications Fund.

Speaking on the appointment Chorus chairman Patrick Strange says: “As the build nears completion, the company’s focus turns to delivering on the full potential of the world class fibre infrastructure that has been built for New Zealand. JB has the right mix of skills and experience to drive innovation, efficiency and customer focus.”

Rousselot has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Masters Degree in Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in his native France.