Kate takes great pride in our role as guardians of the largest telecommunications network in New Zealand, both looking after our existing network, as well as building our fibre future.

Kate McKenzie

Chief Executive

Kate McKenzie brings her extensive communications infrastructure and leadership experience to Chorus’ top job. Before becoming Chorus’ Chief Executive, Kate 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 joining Telstra, 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 currently on the board of Allianz, having previously been on the boards of Foxtel, Sydney Water, Reach, CSL and Workcover.

Kate is a qualified lawyer with a strong track record in understanding government and regulatory environments. 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.