Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie

Chief Executive, Chorus

Kate McKenzie is chief executive at Chorus, a position she’s held since February 2017. She has extensive communications infrastructure and leadership experience. Before coming to New Zealand the qualified lawyer was chief operating officer of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company.

She joined Telstra in 2004, holding a range of senior executive roles in strategy, marketing, products, regulatory and wholesale.

Prior to that, Kate was a CEO in the NSW Government of the Departments of Commerce, Industrial Relations and the Workcover Authority. She worked in the Cabinet Office on the development and implementation of competition policy, energy reform, privatisation and a range of complex Commonwealth/State negotiations.

Kate also has significant corporate governance experience and is on the board of Allianz, having previously been on the boards of Foxtel, Sydney Water, Reach, CSL and Workcover.

Kate also has a passion for innovation and technology and for customer centricity. She is also is a member of Chief Executive Women, has served on the Telstra Foundation, Telstra’s philanthropic arm and has had a long history of involvement in promoting the interests of indigenous communities.