The Board of Directors of the Tonga Communications Corporation approved the appointment of Mr. Stephen Tusler of Australia as the new General Manger of the Tonga Communication Corporation. Mr. Tusler took up his new appointment on Monday, 28 November 2005. He is on a two year working contract.
Mr. Tusler is an experienced senior manager with extensive working experiences in the telecommunication industries both in vendors and network operators, in delivering and
maintaining complex fixed and Mobile networks and associated IT network elements.
His Major Career Responsibilities included:
§ Contract Management
§ Commercial Management
§ Programme & Project Management (IT and Telecom Infrastructure)
§ Engineering Management (IT and Telecom)
§ Systems Integration
§ Team leadership and development
§ Account Management
§ Vendor selection and contract negotiations
§ Network Management
His previous experiences include working in the following company:
§ 2005: Optus Communications, Sydney as Senior Program Manager, 3G Network Products and Program Manager Multiple Confidential Programs;
§ December 2002 April 2004:Vodafone Network Pty Ltd, Sydney as Senior Manager, Wholesale and New Markets Division
§ 2001 December 2002: Vodafone Network Pty Ltd, Fiji. He was seconded to Vodafone Fiji Limited as Service Delivery Manager, Wholesale and New Markets Division. He was responsible for design, build and operate phases for an established GSM mobile network in Fiji. Also instituted Project Management certification training programme for the company
§ March 1999 March 2001: Vodafone Networks Pty Ltd, Sydney as the Manager, Globalstar.
Globalstar was a strategic business unit within Vodafone. He was responsible for establishing the department to design, build and integrate a satellite based mobile network utilising both Telecom and IT technologies. He also managed the strategic planning, system design, systems integration, build and operate activities for three earth station gateways in remote areas with a co-located core-switching centre in Sydney. Development and change management activities included establishing a new billing system, IT systems linking all gateways internationally and integration with existing Vodafone systems. Established international roaming with other Globalstar operators that allowed GSM based customers to roam in CDMA territories in North America as well as Europe.
§ March 1998 March 1999: Ericsson Australia, Sydney as Regional Account Manager (Australia, Japan, Hong Kong). He managed business strategy, commercial and operational activities in support of a US based regional long distance carrier.
§ September 1997 March 1998: Ericsson Indonesia, Semarang Indonesia as Program Manager, Semarang;
§ March 1995 September 1997: Optus Communications, Sydney as National Project Engineering Manager;
§ April 1993 March 1995: Ericsson Australia, Sydney; Program Manager (Vodafone GSM Network)
§ February 1989 April 1993: Ericsson Australia, Melbourne/China Marketing Manager, China.
Mr Tusler holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Sydney and a Diploma of Project Management from the University of New England, Australia.