Theresa Gattung


From my appointment as CEO of Telecom New Zealand in October 1999, I led the business through a period of unprecedented change for telecommunications companies all over the world. At the time I was the first woman to become CEO of a publicly listed company in New Zealand.

With operations in New Zealand and Australia, Telecom is the largest company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, and is also listed on the ASX and NYSE. In the five years to the end of 2007 Telecom was named New Zealand’s second biggest value creator, returning $4.4 billion to shareholders.


One News stories on appointment as CEO of Telecom (TVNZ, New Zealand)
– August 1999 (5:02min streaming video)

Business Sunday profile story (Channel 9, Australia) – 2005 (7:29min streaming video)

Campbell Live interview reflecting on tenure at Telecom (TV3, New Zealand)
– June 2007
 (5:57min streaming video)


Grace magazine, “Tough call – Telecom’s tough operator” – April 2000 (2MB PDF)

AFR Boss, “True leaders list” – August 2003 (1.6MB PDF)

Australian Financial Review, “Telecom NZ reaps rewards of staying the course” – March 2004 (0.5MB PDF)

Dominion Post, “The call minder” – August 2004 (0.7MB JPG)

Fortune, “The World’s Most Powerful Women in Business” – November 2005 (1.5MB PDF)

Forbes, “100 Most Powerful Women (list)” – September 2006 (3.5MB PDF)

New Zealand Herald, “Gattung rides into the sunset” – June 2007 (2.9MB PDF)