Stephe Wilks succeeds John Puttick as Chair

Over the Wire is pleased to announce that experienced Company Director Stephe Wilks will join as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors effective 1 July 2021. Mr Wilks’ appointment follows the resignation and retirement of inaugural chair John Puttick.

Commenting on the changes, Michael Omeros, Managing Director, said “I would like to express the Company’s sincere gratitude to our outgoing Chair, John Puttick, who provided a wealth of support, guidance and wisdom since our listing in 2015. John led the board with integrity, a commercial mindset, and a passion for growing our business to scale – all while retaining the Company’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

“On John’s retirement, I am pleased to welcome Stephe as Non-executive Director and Chair,” added Mr Omeros. “His experience and approach are exactly what the business needs as we execute our Cloud. Connect. Collaborate. strategy in the years ahead”.

Mr Wilks said, “I am delighted to be joining Over the Wire at this time – when the business is performing strongly and focused on growth opportunities. I look forward to working with the Board and Management team to build on the very solid foundations established in the years since the Company’s listing”.

Stephe is an active non-executive Director on the Board of several public and private companies, across a range of commercial and operations disciplines, with a particular emphasis on technology, governance, corporate finance and M&A. Stephe is Chair of 1st Group Limited and non-executive director of ASX listed BluGlass Limited (ASX:BLG) and Interactive Pty Limited.

Stephe has extensive corporate finance, CEO, senior management and operational experience,– particularly in the Australian and US markets, building on earlier work for telcos in the UK, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He previously held roles as diverse as Chief Operating Officer of an aggressive wireless broadband infrastructure company, Consulting Director of NM Rothschild & Sons, and COO of Nextgen Networks.

Before Nextgen, Stephe was founder and Managing Director of XYZed, where he developed and managed Australia’s first competitive broadband wholesaler. He has Science and Law degrees from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.

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