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Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has been the Optus CEO since April 1, 2020, but most people only hear her name when the company gets caught up in a public relations disaster.
Unfortunately for her, there have been two of them in little over a year.
In September 2022, Optus suffered a data breach affecting 9.7 million current and former customers - more than a third of Australia's population.
And on Wednesday the Optus network crashed, cutting off phone calls, texts and internet access for 10million customers and affecting hospitals, banks and trains which use their network.
Ms Bayer Rosmarin, 46, then created a PR disaster of her own when she went missing in action for seven hours as essential services and businesses struggled to cope.
But while the Singapore-owned telco she's running has lumbered from crisis to crisis, she remains adamant she can stay in the top job.
Here's everything you need to know about the high-flying female executive.
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin (pictured) has been the Optus CEO since April 1, 2020, but most people only hear her name when the company gets caught up in a public relations disaster
Who is Kelly Bayer Rosmarin?
Ms Bayer Rosmarin was born and raised in South Africa, but moved to the US when she got a scholarship at the prestigious Stanford University.
She got a degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in management science, winning an award for being the top graduate.
After university, she moved to California to work in Silicon Valley with both established and startup software companies.
She then worked as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2004, where she held several senior roles before being appointed to the bank's executive in December 2013.
She joined Optus as deputy CEO on March 1, 2019 and exactly one year and one month later became its chief executive.
Who is her husband?
Ms Bayer Rosmarin is married to former Commonwealth Bank executive Rodney Rosmarin.
The high-powered couple have two daughters and life in a $15million mansion in the exclusive eastern Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, along with their family dog, an Italian greyhound named Vespa.
Her family moved into the mansion in May 2021 after selling a smaller, more modern home nearby for $7.75million.
They also sold their second home, a sprawling 1915 Rose Manor in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands for $4million in August last year after a $400,000 renovation.
Rodney Rosmarin is a former executive with Commonwealth Bank
They also sold their second home, a sprawling 1915 Rose Manor in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands for $4million in August last year after a $400,000 renovation
Her Optus salary has not been disclosed but insiders suggest it's about $5.15million a year.
When she worked at the Commonwealth Bank, she was handed an extra $1million as a