Internode's Simon Hackett Steps Down, But Joins iiNet Board

We don't normally track executive movements here at Lifehacker, but this is a significant one in the ongoing melding of iiNet and Internode following last year's buyout: Internode founder Simon Hackett will leave his day-to-day role at the company in August, and will join the iiNet board at the same time.

In a statement, Hackett said that the rapid merger of the technology infrastructure of the two internet service providers -- evident in such developments as Internode plans moving onto iiNet gear at exchanges, iiNet dumping peak/off-peak distinctions on some plans and greater access to Freezone content -- meant it was appropriate to join the board:

The integration between Internode and iiNet technical systems has gone much faster than expected. While I will continue to represent Internode as I always have, I am keen to contribute at a group level, influencing the strategy of the entire iiNet group.

Hackett intends to remain based in Adelaide. Perhaps a more telling shift: Internode CEO Pat Tapper is also stepping down, and will move to Queensland where his family is based.

Republished from Lifehacker