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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Vice President Commissioner
Besides his role as TelkomTelstra’s Vice President Commissioner, Chris Smith is currently serving as the Executive of Telstra Purple, a Telstra subsidiary and the largest Australian-owned technology services business, bringing together Telstra Enterprise’s business technology services capabilities and a number of its recently acquired companies focused on outcome-based, transformative tech solutions. Chris has an Electrical Engineering degree from UNSW and an EMBA from AGSM; and started his career at Alcatel Australia, working in a range of engineering and product management roles, primarily delivering transmission and OSS products to Telstra. Chris Smith has been active in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Telstra, Chris served in executive product management, sales and delivery roles in software and services companies in Australia, the USA and the UK, working with incumbent and competitive operators across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Chris is actively engaged in Telstra’s Diversity and Inclusion program and is part of a network of Business Unit leaders who oversee Telstra’s “Men’s Responsibility for Gender Equality” initiative.