Ziggy Switkowski

Ziggy Switkowski

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Dr Zygmunt "Ziggy" Edward Switkowski (born 1948, Germany)Seselja, Louis. 1999. . National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 June 2007 is a Polish Australian businessman and nuclear physicist.

He is most known as the former Chief Executive Officer of Australia's largest telecommunications company Telstra, and for overseeing major aspects of the implementation and planning of its full privatisation through tranche sales (known as the 'T1', 'T2' and 'T3' sales).

In 2011, he was appointed the Chancellor of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University).

Early life

Switkowski was born in Germany in 1948 to Polish parents. His family migrated to Australia when he was one year old. He was raised in Melbourne, and attended St Bernard's College in Essendon – a suburb of Melbourne. He then studied at the University of Melbourne, where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in nuclear physics, and went on to complete six years of postdoctoral research. In 1993, he graduated from the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.



Before his tenure at Telstra, Switkowski served as Chief Executive Officer of the telecommunications company Optus and the photographic equipment company Kodak (Australasia). He also served as Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak (Australasia) from 1992–1996. During this...
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