New Telstra CEO, David Thodey, has just announced the appointment of Paul Geason to the position of group managing director, Telstra Wholesale.

Geason will start his new role on 30 June 2009, moving from his position of executive director, convergent sales at Telstra Enterprise and Government, a role which he has held since August 2006.

The new appointment has come about due to the groups former GMD, Nerida Caesar, moving to GMD of Telstra Enterprise and Government. She started the position on Tuesday.

Thodey was enthusiastic about Geasons appointment.

“I have worked closely with Paul for the past three years and have seen at first hand his intellect, passion and ability to work in a multi-faceted customer environment,” Thodey said.

“It is important that Telstra Wholesale operates in a transparent manner that gives comfort to our wholesale customers that they are being treated on the same basis as our retail units in terms of price and service. Paul is an executive who I am sure will maintain his focus on meeting the needs and expectations of our wholesale customers.”

Geason was excited about his challenging new role.

“Telstra Wholesale is a part of the company that has always been closely scrutinised by government, the regulator and our customers. At a time when there is a regulatory review that could lead to changes within our industry, I will be working hard to ensure our wholesale customers continue to take advantage of the many opportunities that access to our reliable, world-class networks offers them,” Geason said.

Geason was previously with Telstra between 1994 and 2005, and then returned in 2006 after working briefly as senior vice president of sales at Netcracker Corporation, in Boston in the United States.