Tristan Gilbertson was appointed Telecommunications Commissioner in June 2020. He is a commercial lawyer with extensive international experience in telecommunications law and regulation. After an early career in private practice, Mr Gilbertson was appointed Legal & Regulatory Director – Asia-Pacific at Vodafone Group Plc, where he was closely involved in the expansion and diversification of Vodafone’s business. He then joined Telecom New Zealand Ltd where he was Group General Counsel and played a leading role in the structural separation of Telecom and the re-set of the regulatory framework in New Zealand. Most recently, he was Group General Counsel of Digicel Group Ltd, where he focused on transformation and change across Digicel’s 32 global markets.
Mr Gilbertson holds a BA/LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland and has completed the Executive Leadership Development Programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr Gilbertson chairs the Commission’s Telecommunications Division and Fibre Regulation Division, and is a member of the Consumer Division, Retail Payments System Division, Groceries Division, and Market Studies Division.
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