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Vanessa Oakley

Executive General Manager, Strategy & Business Operations | Chorus New Zealand Limited | Company location

Vanessa is a Senior Executive at Chorus NZ Limited.  Chorus is New Zealand’s largest wholesale only fixed line broadband infrastructure company that is successfully building and transitioning kiwis to the once in a generation “fibre to the home” broadband upgrade.  Chorus is now listed on the NZX20 and ASX200.

Since 2018, Vanessa is the General Manager, Strategy & Business Operations.  She has 20 years of world leading change experience in the European and New Zealand telecommunications/tech sector as well as the skills, ethics and judgment of her General Counsel & Company Secretary career. 

She drives Chorus’ key strategic priorities enterprise wide including end to end business and operational improvement, improved customer and digital experience, enabling growth initiatives and the transition into a fibre utility regulatory model.  She leads the strategy, regulatory, transformation and customer experience teams and established the fibre migrations team.  

Vanessa understands fast paced market and competitive dynamics and the regulatory environment.  Her EU, UK and NZ experience means she’s an expert in complex stakeholder strategies and how policy change interplays with commercial operations and markets, particularly for regulated infrastructure businesses.  She promotes the importance of strategy, governance, leadership and agility in organisations to remain relevant, competitive and, to navigate uncertainty.
 

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