Chris Hancock is CEO of AARNet. He came to the role with 25 years of executive leadership experience, including 15 years in the media and telecommunications sectors.

As CEO, Chris has overseen extraordinary growth.  Under his leadership, AARNet has extended the nation’s advanced network infrastructure and developed a suite of leading-edge technologies and solutions, enabling Australia’s participation on the world stage for research, science, innovation and education.

Chris has an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales.  Prior to joining AARNet, he held senior executive positions at the Seven Television Network, Vodafone and Optus.  At Optus, Chris was Managing Director of Optus Business and an integral member of the senior executive team that completed the IPO and subsequent sale of Optus to SingTel.

He is a current Board Director of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and previously served as Chair of the Internet Industry Association and Board Director of the Smart Services CRC, the New England Girls School and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Chris Hancock