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As Telstra makes a bid to strengthen alliances with China’s telecommunications industry, the company has been dealt a blow with the sudden resignation of non-executive director, Timothy Chen, who had just been part of the board for six months.
Mr. Chen, who once served as a regional chief executive for Microsoft, and as president of Mortal in China four years ago, explained his resignation as a decision to focus his executive career in China.
Just six months ago, Mr. Chen joined the board at a time when Telstra was weathering tensions with China, after it banned the Chinese telecom giant Huawei from bidding in Australia’s National Broadband Network project.
Present Telstra chairman Catherine Livingstone commented on Mr. Chen’s shock resignation saying the Beijing-based director had the experience and expertise for Telstra’s plans for Asia.
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