Board of directors



Sir Eion EDGAR

Chairman

Sir Eion has extensive corporate experience in New Zealand, currently being Chairman of the Forsyth Barr Group Ltd, Edgar Olympic Foundation, NZ Dementia Prevention Trust, Queenstown Resort College and the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust. He is a Director of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon and a Life Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and Patron of Diabetes NZ, NZ Football Foundation, NZ Sports Hall of Fame, Queenstown Trails Trust and ShelterBox NZ. Sir Eion was formerly Chancellor of the University of Otago, Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. He was also formerly a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Commission and Vero Insurance, and has been inducted to the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2004.




Malcolm DICK

Malcolm has extensive experience in the telecommunications sector over the past 25 years. After developing and serving as Managing Director of Netway Communications - a joint venture between Telecom NZ and Freightways Group - in 1992, he founded Call Australia Pty Ltd, building the business into one of Australia's leading telecommunications providers. Call Australia was sold to RSLCOM in 1997. He then founded CallPlus Ltd in New Zealand (1997) and grew it to be the third largest fixed line telecommunications service provider in New Zealand with its brands CallPlus, Slingshot, Orcon, Flip and voip provider 2Talk. The CallPlus group of companies was sold to Vocus Communications in 2015. He has served as a Director of a number of telecommunications services in New Zealand and Australia including Argent Networks, CallPlus, ihug, Swiftel and People Telecommunications. He is currently developing Blue Reach Ltd, a New Zealand-based fixed-line replacement mobile network business.




Remi GALASSO

Chief Executing Officer

Remi graduated from the business school of Tours (France) and has been working in the telecom industry for more than 20 years. From 1995 to 2001, he held senior positions in Vietnam and Malaysia for Alcatel-Lucent. In 2001, he was appointed Alcatel-Lucent Country Senior Officer for the Pacific islands. He left Alcatel-Lucent in 2005 to create Intelia, a leading supplier of telecommunication networks for the Pacific Islands region. In 2012, Remi founded Hawaiki Cable and is the Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP.




Tex EDWARDS

Tex has 15 years’ experience in investment banking in New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States. He also has 15 years telecommunications sector experience in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. After several years pioneering the financing of African Telecommunications from London in the late 90s, Tex founded the start-up of New Zealand’s third mobile operator, 2degrees, in 2002. Tex initiated vital changes to the New Zealand Telecommunications Act 2001 to make a third operator possible in New Zealand and successfully raised the first block of capital for 2degrees. He has worked in senior strategy and regulatory roles for over a decade before selling out of 2degrees mobile in 2016. Tex has a (B.com) from the University of Auckland and qualified as a Corporate Treasurer in London in 1992 (MCT).




Ludovic HUTIER

Chief Operating Officer

Ludovic graduated from the business school of Dunkerque (France) and has been working in the telecom industry for 20 years. From 1997 to 2005, he held senior positions in Asia and Oceania for Alcatel-Lucent. He joined Intelia in 2005 and served as General Manager until 2015. Ludovic is the Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP.




Hamish EDGAR

Alternate director for Sir Eion Edgar

Hamish graduated from the University of Otago with a BCom (Finance major) and LLB. He then practised for four years as a commercial lawyer at Russell McVeagh in Wellington in the finance, commercial and tax teams. Following that, Hamish spent two years in the Investment Banking team at First NZ Capital before moving to London to work as a Hedge Fund financial analyst and portfolio manager over the period 2007 to 2015. Hamish currently runs an investment management office taking principal positions and advising on a range of private equity and public listed investments across a range of sectors including technology, education, technology infrastructure, primary industry and retail. Hamish is also a director of Queenstown Resort College, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, Ferrymead Hardware Ltd as well as a number of entities in the Sinclair Investment Group.