Mark Buckman promoted to executive role at Telstra as Rick Ellis departs



Teslstra’s head of marketing Mark Buckman has been handed an expanded remit, taking on the media responsibilities vacated by Sensis boss Rick Ellis who is leaving the company following the sale of the division.

It is the second time in the space of 12 months Buckman has seen his remit expanded at the telco, which he joined in 2011 from the Commonwealth Bank, having taken on the IPTV and digital media responsibilities last March.

His new role is group managing director of media and marketing, which sees him elevated to the senior executive group which supports the CEO leadership team in setting the company’s strategy.

Ellis leaves the company following the divestment of the majority of the Sensis directories business to US-based Platinum Equity, after joining it three years ago from TV New Zealand where he was CEO.

CEO David Thodey said in a statement: “Rick has served Telstra well through an intense period of change.  He was a key member of the Telstra leadership team and achieved major outcomes with our Foxtel working relationship and Sensis partnership with Platinum.”

Buckman will continue to report into Gordon Ballantyne.


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