Skinny Mobile boss 'ousted'
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:40a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Controversial boss of Telecom subsidiary Skinny Mobile Paul O'Shannessey has been "ousted", reports the National Business Review.
Telecom confirmed to the paper that he has departed, but didn't elaborate on the circumstances.
"No reason is given for his departure beyond the anodyne 'Paul is off to pursue other opportunities'," reported the NBR.
Launched in January, Skinny has courted controversy over its policy of locking handsets into the network, its young marketing team and "edgy" social media campaigns.
The brand also donated prize money to a skateboarding competition that made headlines when a security guard pushed a young skater off his board, and children were given spray cans and allegedly told to spray sponsors' brand names all over the park.
There have also been allegations of high staff turnover and launch delays under Mr O'Shannessey's watch, reports the NBR.
Mr O'Shannessey kept his Vodafone-style 021 prefix through his tenure with Telecom.
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