Opinionated, outspoken, uncompromising and unrelenting, Linton was never reticent in letting the rest of us know what he thought. But love or hate some of his opinions, he built a successful telco (with a fiercely loyal staff and customer base) in remarkably quick time, contributed to debate at many levels, and was a major benefactor of Australia’s wildlife and environment through Exetel’s generous donations to community-based programs to protect endangered species and regenerate natural environments.
Exetel’s slogan … ‘Helping make a better world’ … would be corny in the mouths of most other telcos. But Linton meant it and lived it.
Linton suffered a major stroke in the afternoon and passed away during the evening, surrounded by family.