iiNet adds new blood to board

ISP brings hires industry heavyweights as it looks to build a future beyond pipes.

Perth-based internet service provider iiNet has brought in some new blood to its board, with two industry heavyweights -- Patrick O’Sullivan and Paul McCarney -- coming on board.

The appointments follow the recent departures of iiNet board members Simon Hackett and Paul Broad, and both Mr O’Sullivan and Mr McCarney boast significant pedigree.

Mr O’Sullivan is currently a non-executive director of Carsales.com and is chairman of HealthEngine, a service that allows patients to book doctors’ appointments online.

The HealthEngine directory service, which serves 500000 visitors covering over 2000 doctors at 400 health practices around Australia, is part owned by Telstra and Seven West Media.

The companies poured $5.2 million respectively in May 2013 to get a foothold in the emerging health technology market.

Mr O’Sullivan is also a non-executive director of Little Company of Mary Healthcare and was the former chief financial officer of Optus.

Meanwhile, Mr McCarney is a consultant, investor and entrepreneur in the digital technology and marketing fields. He is currently a director at B2B publisher Cirrus Media Australia and ASX-listed online marketplace Trade Me.

Mr McCarney is also the co-founder of search marketing agency Decide Interactive, which was acquired by NASDAQ-listed 24/7 Real Media in 2004), and the founder of digital marketing company Life Event Media, which was acquired by Sensis in 2011.