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Biographical entry Switkowski, Zygmunt Edward (Ziggy) (1948 - )

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Born
21 June 1948
Rheine, Germany
Occupation
Business executive and Nuclear physicist

Summary

Ziggy Switkowski is one of the few scientifically trained business leaders in Australia. He earned his doctorate and undertook postdoctoral research in nuclear physics before heading Australia's largest telecommunications companies, including Optus, Telstra and the NBN Corporation. Switkowski chaired the Australian Government's inquiry into uranium mining processing and nuclear energy in Australia before becoming Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in 2007. Since 2011 he has been Chancellor of RMIT University.

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1949
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1972
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
1992 - 1999
Career position - Non-executive Director, Kodak (Australasia)
1993
Education - Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1996 - 1997
Career position - CEO, Optus Communications
1999 - 2005
Career position - Chief Executive, Telstra Corporation
2001 -
Career position - Chancellor, RMIT University
2005 -
Career position - Director, Suncorp Group Limited
2006
Career position - Chairman, Prime Ministerial Task Force, Review of Uranium Mining Processing and Nuclear Energy in Australia
2007 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2007 - 2010
Career position - Chairman, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
2011 -
Career position - Chairman, Suncorp Group Limited
2013 -
Career position - Chairman, NBN Co.
2014
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community, particularly to tertiary education administration, scientific organisations and the telecommunications sector, to business, and to the arts
2015 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

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See also

Helen Cohn